"Build More Housing"

Reason.com | November 28, 2016

From June 22, 2016:  San Francisco’s YIMBY movement is pushing the city to build its way out of the housing crisis.

San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the country and has become the symbol of the nation’s housing crisis.

A booming jobs market and years of underdevelopment have led to skyrocketing real estate prices and rents in the region. In 2015, the Bay area added 64,000 jobs but built less than 5,000 housing units. The median home price is nowover the million dollar mark and an average one-bedroom apartment rents for more than $3,500 a month.


"The World’s Tallest Modular Building May Teach Cities to Build Cheaper Housing"

Wired | November 23, 2016

AST WEEK, 461 Dean became the world’s tallest modular building. Designed by New York architecture firm SHoP, the Brooklyn residential tower consists of 363 pre-fab apartments that stack like Tetris blocks into a 32-story building.


"Sleep Tight in a Smartly Designed Microhotel"

Wired | November 21, 2016

It’s sort of like staying inside a Swiss Army knife: In stylish new microhotels, architects deploy tech and minimalist design to fold a lot of amenities into small spaces. Consider the 150-square-foot rooms at the two Arlo hotels, which opened this fall in Manhattan.


"It’s time for action when San Francisco’s homeless numbers aren’t budging"

SF Chronicle | November 18, 2016

“…Small and inexpensive modular housing is one option… These ideas are all worth support.  But they need to show results more quickly.

The civil disgrace of homelessness can’t be tolerated.”

San Francisco’s latest homeless head count shouldn’t surprise anyone who travels the streets, parks and sidewalks of the city. The number hasn’t budged over the past year, a dismal steady state of human misery.


"US homelessness declines: What’s working?"

The Christian Science Monitor | November 17, 2016


More communities are focusing on providing their chronic homeless populations permanent, supportive residences. Experts say that’s the path to take to in order to put a roof over every citizen’s head.


"Could ‘MicroPADs’ help solve San Francisco’s homeless problem?"

KTVU 2 | November 17, 2016

Some are calling it the wave of the future when it comes to housing the homeless. Micropads are tiny pre-fab modules that can be stacked together into apartment buildings.

– Some are calling it the wave of the future when it comes to housing the homeless. Micropads are tiny pre-fab modules that can be stacked together into apartment buildings.


"SF Planning Commissioners “Impressed” with MicroPAD"

SF HAC | November 17, 2016

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Planning Commissioners Kathryn Moore and Dennis Richards visited the MicroPAD on 9th and Mission Streets and came away “impressed.” At a recent public hearing, both commented on the design and quality of the unit and believe this is a viable approach to house San Francisco’s homeless population.


"With Workers Scarce, More Home Builders Turn to Prefab Construction"

The Wall Street Journal | November 14, 2016

A persistent shortage of construction workers across the U.S. is prompting some of the nation’s largest home builders to experiment with a model they once derided: factory production.


"These 160-square-foot micro-apartments could help end San Francisco’s homelessness crisis"

http://www.businessinsider.com/housing-the-homeless-in-san-francisco-2016-11 | November 7, 2016

A real estate developer wants to help end the street-living epidemic in San Francisco by converting shipping container-like modules into sleek new micro-apartments where the homeless can live.


"MicroPAD Supportive Housing for the Homeless Prototype Unveiled for Viewing in San Francisco"

The Registry | November 3, 2016

Local prefab developer, Panoramic Interests, revealed its CitySpaces MicroPAD on October 31 at 9th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. The furnished 160 square foot unit will be on display until November 15, marking the beginning of a tour to mobilize interest around the new product, which is designed for stacking into buildings geared for flexible living spaces that support homeless populations. With the Bay Area’s high building costs, Panoramic asserts that the off-site prefabrication assembly cuts construction costs by 40 percent, potentially expediting the creation of housing for those in need.