hacking-housing HACKING HOUSING
Urbanism Law VS New approaches in architecture and lifestyles
Knowledge base project
hosted by @dcht00 / CHT Hackbase 



It is a question of building which is at the root of the social unrest of today:
    architecture or revolution.
-- Le Corbusier

We don't know the building codes and laws clearly so we can't hack them.

As a result there's little avantgarde architecture being built, proper systemic squatting, co-operative land buying and construction, or room for lifestyle experimentation. It makes a project like the CHT offgrid hackbase an enigma. Everyone keeps paying rent - spending maybe a third of their money! - and nothing happens. Lack of knowledge organisation, proper research and basic information technology.

For this reason:

The project is setting up an open knowledge base that models, collects and assembles a compendium for hacking housing. Like Hitchwiki or hackerspaces.org it will contain pages with general approaches, and crowdsourced pages focusing on what works in specific localities. (A page for EU in general, UK, Spain, Slovenia and each individual US country.)

Sets the ground for engineering, but doesn't duplicate (links to Appropedia etc).
Mostly properly curated legal trickery.

    * Hackbase Architecture Group on Facebook
    * 🔗hacking-housing-pad𝌡 to add content!


Some stuff that would be on it?

    * hacker mindset strategies for setting up liveable situations without need for permits, via building code legal study & field tests:
tents, simple buildings, campers, tiny houses, "tool sheds", a hexayurt in your garden, cleaning up your attic and putting two more hackers there + hacker HVAC + hacker bathroom, squatting, wild camping, earthships, ...

    * collecting and authoring legal docs for tactical scenarios:
        * simple permits;
        * cooperative buying land in installments (like Calafou does)
        * lobbying land from some random local gov;
        * temporary partnership on somebody's land;
        * diluting inheritance to a cooperative;
        * co-maintaining inheritance with others;
        * "rich ally": finding a well-meaning leftie to donate land to causes;
        * "squat first, negotiate a contract second";
        * [...]

    * hacker architecture on all levels: interior, ext; parasitic; virtual; sociodynamics; ...

    * a hacker "Gini index" - overview of costs (to buy and keep land, life costs,...) in different countries, areas, and climates

    * case tracker of successful and reproducible projects

    * contacts of local people who are interested (legal, squat, hackers, ...)

    * cartography & lists : current non-secret locations, interesting future sites?

The goal is obvious:

    Enable people the practice of strategies for cooler lifestyles less dependent on the current mainstream system, at their core: hacking places to live.

But also more ambitious:

    Ability to systematically identify fruitful contexts (for example, Amsterdam in the early 90s and the collision of squatting and hacker cultures). Maybe there are other places that are a paradise for this thing right now? And then, act on it.

The basic questions:

    * Does this really not exist?!?

    * Does this make sense???

Let me know here, on Twitter or david@middlemachine.com.


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[great idea, love this. Just checking & thumbs up, more later. -Tim McCormick  Twitter @tmccormick tjm.org ]

Yes this is interesting.UK wise there are possible options for expanding a houshold within the curtailage of a house. Residential development in the open countryside if there is an 'essential need' as part of a agricultural/forestry livelihood.Radical Routes have been effectively hacking housing co-op finance and regulations for years. twitter @dazinism
Also see http://beingsomewhere.net/ Simon and Jasmine are doing some great work. Experimenting with building using materials found on site or recycled as much as possible.  Also addressing beuracracy.


After some explorations in France and Spain, #Portugal seems to me the best bet. Central Portugal. See http://earth-neighbours.com. Much less red tape, many UK people came here for early retirement and sustainable living. Internet coverage on rural hilltop fast enough for basic stuff for 40/month, but if you're lucky there are even ruins with a telephone line. I like the coming together of hacker/sustainability cultures. I'm everywhere @kamiel79
The problem is the weather, so I'm betting on Canary Islands. The slight but substantial difference in low temperatures, esp in winters:

    Lanzarote: normal winter night low 16°C, cold of 13°C
    Coimbra, central Portugal: normal nights <10°C, low around 0°C

(I picked Coimbra, open to change to other reference Central Portugal place). The difference between 15 and 5 degrees is, in the first you can camp and won't get sick if you pass out on the porch, in the second you can't camp, and will get a winter cough.
Land prices in Lanza are 3-5€/square meter for farming land. I think the connectivity is not much worse - cheap flights. @dcht00


Random #Polish link - New legislation - no need for building permits under certain conditions. (use Google translate)  Twitter @stefek99

One more, this time from wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micha%C5%82_Drzyma%C5%82a - "He is a Polish folk hero because, after he was denied permission to build a house on his own land (only because he was Polish) by the Prussian authorities in the village of Kaisertreu, he bought a circus wagon and turned it into his home. At the time, Prussian law considered any dwelling a house if it remained stationary for more than 24 hours. Drzymała use the mobility of the wagon to exploit the law and to avoid the negative consequences by moving the wagon each day and thus preventing the Prussians the ability to penalize him."


[ Truly awesome concept, I am in Twitter @mspanc ]


NEW! <david
Encountered July 2015 on jvea.org "conference"
    compiled by Alan Smart
    .PDF can be had - watch this space
2) SQEK http://sqek.squat.net/

Do more systematic research
    * "squatting research europe"
    * ...

Amsterdam squat + hacking
"Where are they now?"


The ideas are great but not everyone wants to go into the countryside & loneliness, even if with a few other like-minded people.
Many people want to enjoy different cities and their inspiring spirit
 So how about populating flat roofs in big cities as summer camps?
 Tents or other structures on the roof can be connected to the infrastructures in the flats below, where friends (and the owner of the house) allow to use the toilet, electricity, WLAN, etc.
 Some flat roofs can have damage from people who are walking on it, therefore the owner has to be asked before, as he has to come up for the renovation costs.
 Also people who are drunk or do not see in the dark can fall down from the roof, so some fence, etc. would be of benefit. 


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