Review of book ‘Eco-Homes’ by Mari Martiskainen

Eco-Homes: People, Place and Politics, J. Pickerill. Zed Books, London (2016). ISBN 978-1-78032-530-9 I have been researching the development of low energy homes in the UK for the past two years1 and during my research journey came across a recent book: Eco-Homes: People, Place and Politics, written by Jenny Pickerill, a Professor in Environmental Geography at … Continue reading Review of book ‘Eco-Homes’ by Mari Martiskainen

Affordable rural eco-homes

There is currently a great deal of policy and academic focus on housing. Yet this is mainly with respect to urban housing issues, with far less concern for problems affecting rural areas, such as fewer resource infrastructures resulting in a reliance on expensive and environmentally damaging oil-fired heating systems. Despite this lack of attention, some … Continue reading Affordable rural eco-homes

Class and identity matters more than affordability in encouraging diversity in eco-communities

Eco-communities have a diversity problem. While some (Los Angeles Eco-Village, USA; LILAC, Leeds) are well positioned and structured to attract diverse residents, many (EcoVillage at Ithaca, USA; Findhorn, Scotland; Hockerton, England; Lancaster, England, to name just a few) struggle to reach beyond the white upper-middle class cohort. Los Angeles EcoVillage, USA Keen to ensure that … Continue reading Class and identity matters more than affordability in encouraging diversity in eco-communities

Building more affordable eco-housing worldwide

[Versión en español abajo] Eco-housing is often assumed to cost more to build than conventional housing. The main way in which eco-construction costs are reduced is through self-build, but this does not help most people. Instead there is a need to reconceive the costs of eco-building and develop more radical alternatives for building low cost … Continue reading Building more affordable eco-housing worldwide

Building Collectively Is Greener, Easier, and Cheaper

Building a house is hard work. A decade ago my mum and I built an eco-house together. We loved it – the freedom of designing what spaces we wanted, the excitement of choosing only materials we wanted to use, and most of all the pure joy of moving in to the finished house. I have … Continue reading Building Collectively Is Greener, Easier, and Cheaper