Answer to solving the housing shortage is on doorstep
Vacant houses, empty holiday homes, unused upper-floors in city blocks, and ‘dead space’ in estates can all help solve the Irish housing shortage.
Families in inappropriate accommodation, young professionals still at home with parents, unsustainable commutes. It’s not a homelessness problem, it’s a housing problem.
At the peak of the boom, in 2006/2007, Ireland was building 88,000 houses per annum. Our ongoing requirement is between 20,000 and 35,000 homes per annum. We are currently building, based on who you believe, somewhere between 8,500 and 15,000 annually.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together,” said artist Vincent van Gogh.
We should immediately focus on deliverable, smaller solutions, and, as architects, this is our expertise.