UBC Graduate Research

Casa Pronta : A Housing Activism Zine Turton, Alexander


The reappropriation of non-precious, vacant buildings as they await permitting provides unique opportunity for affordable housing. In light of Vancouver’s housing crisis, which leaves us with few houses and fewer homes, this project seeks to create places of meaning for the community. It addresses the imposing powers of government regulation, capitalist economies and detached designers to propose an alternative living space defined entirely by occupants. How might a collective of young activists begin to move the dial? Through the pages of a zine, we see how embracing bottom-up methodologies of collective, temporary occupation of vacant property can present innovative opportunities for unique in habitation.

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