The Grow Home & The Next Home

Written by  //  October 27, 2007  //  Public Policy, Sustainable Development  //  No comments

The “Grow Home” is an answer to the high cost of housing in many countries. It is a project that will fit into any community. The exterior facades can be vinyl siding, wood, brick, stucco, stone etc.
The home is made to be built in groups of 4, 6, 8 and larger blocks. The economy of construction exists because of the common walls separating each unit and the efficient use of the land.
The houses are 14 feet wide and 36 feet deep on two stories for a total of 1008 square feet.
Full basements are available or they can be built on a slab. Garages underneath the first floor can accommodate cars as well as workshops. More
In The Grow Home, Avi Friedman, winner of the United Nations World Habitat Award and internationally acclaimed architect, recounts the genesis and development of his innovative project. More

The Next Home
The School of Architecture’s affordable homes program will soon be leaving its mark all along Jean Paul Vincent Blvd. in Longueuil. Some 130 homes will be built using the program’s blueprints for inexpensive, comfortable housing. Eighty Grow Homes — the brainchild of architecture professor Avi Friedman and his former McGill colleague Witold Rybczynski — will be constructed along with 50 Next Homes.
The Next Home, also designed by Friedman, is a more adaptable, reworked version of the Grow Home.

See also The Adaptable House

Plans for model suburb hit snags
Ten years ago, two Quebec City architects set out to reinvent modern suburbia.
No more bungalows. No more manicured lawns. No more sidewalks.
In the brave new world that architects Paul Brassard and Jean-Marie Lavoie had in mind, there would be no clearing of land. Trees would be left standing. Houses would have to fit wherever there was room amid the trees and shrubs and boulders and ravines. … The architects decided to embrace an adapted version of the McGill University Next Home, successor to the famous McGill Grow Home that was created 20 years ago by the university’s School of Architecture. More

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