SNUG Homes for Bristol – empowering people to create small, low impact and affordable homes.
Imagine a city where the residents are supported and empowered to design and create their own homes.
- where this is possible for anyone regardless of their financial situation…
- where a home does not need to be big, because it forms an integral part of a vibrant, sustainable community…
- where finding an affordable home is about cooperation rather than competition…
- where redundant land is reclaimed to become productive and biodiverse…
- where people share ideas and learn new skills together…
- where a person can build not only a home but also pride, self confidence and even a new career…
- and where the whole city enjoys, learns and benefits from the diversity and creativity of these new homes and communities that are seeded across many different neighbourhoods.
Could this city be Bristol?
Introducing SNUG homes – a project that will harness the creative energy of Bristol residents and businesses to transform the way we use land and build homes across Bristol.
SNUG homes is about experimenting with new ways of building and living to resolve Bristol’s housing need in an urban environment through creative, innovative, collective, fun and imaginative routes.
SNUGs are about empowering people to make their own choices. Through facilitated learning, peer networking and teaming up with professionals, people will tackle obstacles and find their own solutions to housing need in Bristol.
The homes will be small, they will be designed and built by the final occupier. They will have low running costs and be cheap to buy or rent. They will be located in clusters on meanwhile and permanent sites across the city.
We would like to see the first round of SNUGs built in time for Bristol Green Capital 2015, creating a trail of mini-communities across the city that will inspire more people to get involved.
As the concept grows, SNUG homes will provide a platform for training, collective action, affordable housing and community regeneration, firstly within Bristol and then spreading across the UK and beyond…
Imagine… now let’s make it happen!
Why the contribution is important
SNUG homes will help Bristol achieve the following outcomes:
More affordable housing
Bristol City Council has just launched its new Affordable Housing Delivery Framework, which aims to increase affordable housing provision from its current low level (predicted construction of 100 homes for 2013/2014), up to 2500 over 5 years.
With 14,000 people on the Housing Register, there is need for action on all fronts and the SNUG homes Bristol project aims to complement the AHDF by creating opportunities for people to take steps to solve their housing problems themselves rather than relying on other agencies to do it all for them.
Strong, resilient, healthy communities
By involving the residents at every step of the way, giving them the freedom to make some choices over the design of their homes and the way that these are integrated into communities, SNUG homes will empower people to take responsibility over the stewardship of their homes and neighbourhoods. It has been demonstrated that having a say in local decision and having close contact with neighbours increases people’s wellbeing (Hothi at al., 2008).
Skill creation and employment opportunities
SNUG home designers will be given training in design and building skills as well as support and mentoring from a range of professionals. There will be face-to-face and online networking opportunities to help people share ideas and knowledge. All participants will become both student and teacher. With the new skills and confidence developed through the learning and building process, participants will have new opportunities for employment in the future.
Design and construction of the homes will create economic activity and employment, for example through purchase of materials from local suppliers and use of professional services such as architects, project managers, carpenters, electricians and so on.
Reduced energy and resource use
SNUG homes are small, will incorporate materials that are reclaimed or from renewable sources, will have low energy demand and generate a substantial proportion of their energy requirement from renewables – helping to reduce Bristol’s energy requirements and making SNUG homes the perfect showcase for Bristol Green Capital 2015.
Meet demand for new housing solutions
Bristol has a rapidly growing population, and is well known as a regional, national and international hub for creativity and experimentation with new ideas. There is significant demand for new, more collective forms of housing such as cohousing and cooperative housing, as evidenced by the growth of groups such as the Cohousing Network and the Cohousing Forum, Bristol CLT (200+ members) and the national CLT network, while online forums such as Bristol Alternative Community Abodes Facebook page (900+ members), and 78,000 people showing interest for the international Tiny House Blog. We believe that given the chance, thousands of people would jump at the opportunity to take part in designing their future home and community.
The SNUG homes concept is easily transferable to any city, and starting the project in Bristol will maintain our city’s position as a global leader in developing creative solutions to environmental and social challenges.
Hothi, Mulgan, Brophy & Bacon (2008). Neighbourhood + Empowerment = Wellbeing: Is there a formula for happy communities? The Young Foundation.
by user688183 on December 17, 2013 at 01:55PM