Five Alternative Housing Models for America
Author, Brave New Home
A smart, provocative look at how the American Dream of single-family homes, white picket fences and two-car garages became a lonely, overpriced nightmare. Diana Lind’s “Brave New Home” argues America’s cultural obsession with single family homes are partly to blame for a host of societal challenges — economic inequality, loneliness, housing precarity, environmental degradation. To address these issues, Diana outlines new ways of living, outlined in the second half of the book, where she explores several promising new models of more equitable and more affordable housing to meet society’s current needs, including co-living for working professionals, families and intergenerational living, tiny home villages for teachers, backyard homes (or accessory dwelling units, “ADUs”), and beyond. Diana outlines many of the challenges and opportunities ahead in building this ‘brave new home’, while also inspiring us to harness the upcoming changes for good.