we're living through fastest climactic changes in 65 million years, well before humans were around, and things are changing. we're not the best ones to communicate the severity of what's happening so we recommend having a browse of our helpful links at the bottom if this is (unfortunately) new news to your ears
we know that many british & western approaches to housing from the last hundred years are completely unsustainable and inappropriate in light of the times:
from massive embodied carbon emissions in building techniques (looking at you concrete)
built structures that destroy ecology eg. by paving over the earth
all the way through to utilities design which locks us into using far more water, electricity and resources than are available
a quarter of homes built in the last decade were built in areas prone to future flooding…
heat in central london is predicted to be equivalent to barcelona by 2050…
with potential climate-driven sociopolitical instability in mind….
… it’s clear that in the future, homes and communities that can quickly and easily relocate offer dramatic benefits for people living in them
nomadic folk worldwide practice much greater ecological impermanence on the places where they live than we do in our stationary-built structures in urbanised london. our approach, with our tinyhomes and hub all on wheels, help us work towards greater ecological impermanence, true sustainability, too
ensuring all our built structures are movable means we are much more climate resilient in our design than traditional housing approaches
that the mental health and wellbeing crisis is occurring is well established. the coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated and enhanced pre-existing issues with much deep and older roots. today, we know that loneliness and social isolation can be as harmful as smoking more than 7 cigarettes a day for your long term health!
mental health is fundamental to physical health but, in part because of how we've built the lives and environments around us, many of us today cannot rely on this fundamental pillar
mirroring how we’ve approached many crises of our times, solutions to the mental health crisis (and broader, physical health crisis) have tended towards reactionary support for individuals. at the same time, most people would agree that holistic & preventative approaches for health are always better than cures
community is at the core of our housing approach. we want to make sure that there's never a day, a moment, when a wave and a smile from someone we known isn't on hand. people shouldn't have to go days between being asked a simple 'how are you?'
the way we've divided our living spaces and urban environments these days is sometimes in direct opposition to human connection, so we say it's time for a rethink of our living spaces and urban environments
if we want to heal the heart of social isolation, the death of community and its impacts on health, both mental and physical, we need to sew mechanisms for connection and community into every space we live, work and spend our days in - it all starts with shared spaces, resources and intention. with this at the core of homefolk, we hope this will mean community is much better facilitated to flow free :)
land, and ownership of it, has historically in the uk dictated your explicit value to our system. take the landless peasants who weren't given the right to vote or the landed gentry, the lords and ladies who fill our second house in parliament
mainstream london is finally looking hard at itself after black lives matter. black and brown lives in england and in other countries matter all the same, and form a rising wave of international solidarity. intergenerational (and therefore intra-racial) wealth in housing is something we all need to consider. if home ownership is part of a power and wealth system rigged against black and brown lives, how best can we be allies and active against the system that be
ultimately, ownership is telling an elaborate story that we end up agreeing to. however, often folk only 'agree' to those stories under threat of (or actual) violence...
the genuine freedom to chose owning a house can means stability to make life choices and long term decisions without the threat of a no-fault eviction, without surprise rent rises and the psychological violence of contractual requirements imposed by landlords
you could be a student looking for additional headspace to play around with those bigger questions of life. or, you could be someone working the 9/5 life in and unable to take time off when you discover a loved one needs support with a new diagnosis: we at homefolk believe that a financially freer world is a world that gives us the freedom to be kind to ourselves and others. being freer with your finances, with your time and headspace means the stability and opportunity to explore the biggest questions, conversations and joys of our times. looking from the climate crisis to the mental health crisis, headspace couldn't be more important
victorian slums and the rampant poverty that characterised the average city dweller's life was in part a result of a regressive system of land ownership - over 80% of people were private renters, living in excessively crowded, inhumane conditions and paying through the nose for the pleasure
in britain in the 21st private renting rates are increasing to the point where people under 40 are more likely to rent than to own their own home. ask anyone of the age in london about their ease of access to housing and you'll get the same response. is there significantly less wealth, resources (and land) than 50 years ago? it seems quite the opposite. however, our collective access to wealth, resources and land is on the decline and, hand in hand with the emerging new balance, like the feudal days of old, the majority work to fund the leisure of the land lord class
needing to pay more than you can afford on rent obviously affects mental health a lot and that’s why we keep saying our four identified crises are intersectional: they cannot be seen or solved in isolation...
the time has come to use the widest lens we have and see how without a stable base in where we live, so little else becomes possible and when we do - then, a world of opportunities never previously imagined becomes a reality
as intersectional allies, everyone on our team is giving this project what they can because we believe in radical solutions to deep-rooted issues. to learn more about any of the issues highlighted and with time to do so, please have a look to some websites below that can explain these crises in so much more detail that we ever could
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