Issue No. 323-324, June-July 2016
The Housing Crisis
Conceptual design of the cost-effective Humanscapes project Two of the major challenges facing the community at present are a fragile economy and a severe lack of low-priced accommodation. Clearly, the two are interlinked. However, while the economy has faced serious stresses in the past – the decision of the Sri Aurobindo Society to cut off funding to the community in the mid 1970s precipitated our first economic crisis – the housing crisis has crept up on us. In the early years, finding accommodation was not difficult. The accommodation tended to be very simple, but this was the ethos of those times, and nobody seemed to feel disadvantaged living in a temporary ‘capsule’ under keet. Of course, there were also more ‘luxurious’ houses in places like Certitude and Auromodele, but this form of permanent housing did not become the norm until the late 1980s, when settlements like Samasti and Surrender began to be built. This coincided with a new push to build the city, and...