Open Knowledge - SmartSpaces – the Smart Car of housing development
Feb. 23rd, 2012
09:45 pm - SmartSpaces – the Smart Car of housing development
“Patrick Kennedy is a housing developer who likes to build small. His vision is to build the housing equivalent of the Smart Car, “What I want to do now is build the urban equivalent of Levittown – entry level, urban housing for about $200K each”.
His SmartSpaces will be small- just a couple hundred square feet- and prefabricated to be stacked on top of each other and side by side. Kennedy envisions this type of development as “a larger and hipper version of LEGO blocks“.
Building prefab allows him to construct faster and more efficiently (avoiding a lot of construction waste) and everything down to the lighting and type of furniture has been studied carefully so that space is maximized in the tiny units.”