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Extracts from an HIA Press Release 2011 dutifully relayed by many news services in late May.

18.06.11 in sustainability housing

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Fat house, fat car

The Age tells us that Melbourne’s largest display home is open for insection in Point Cook. People aren’t too interested in it and there won’t be any more at that size. It’s 52 whopping squares, or 481 square metres, or 52 Holden Commodore sedans they tell us. What? It seems the Commodore is becoming a unit measure. That will no doubt please Holden’s PR department.

23.05.10 in housing 

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Going underground

Hey, if you’re worried about solar flares (not solar trousers), planet X, pole shift, nukes, mega-tsunamis, social anarchy, the flu, 2012 (and so on), then why not invest $50K in a fractional share of a fallout shelter. Plans are here , and the first is being retro-fitted into an old nuclear shelter “strategically located approximately halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas”.

16.05.10 in housing weird-wonderful

SHAC booted

The modern day student squat in Faraday Street, Carlton is to end after the Supreme Court ordered them to leave by January 7th.
So ends five months of a lively Faraday Street, and an earnest discussion about the right to squat. The students had occupied four empty and run-down terrace houses owned by Melbourne University to protest against the state of student housing in an inflated rental market. The students rejected an offer by the university of places in the existing subsidised housing scheme as this would have meant they were displacing other needy students. SHAC has reportedly backed away from further legal action as they might need to cover UniMelb’s legal costs if they lose.

06.01.09 in housing 

caravan

A modest caravan won the Bizarre award at the recent Ho Chi Minh Architecture Awards. Seems that mobile homes are a new thing in Vietnam. Architect and builder Ho Van Tho aims to have these on the market soon for US$3K to US$6K to help alleviate urban overcrowding – the small caravans can apparently sleep four to eight people.

15.11.08 in housing 

Feeling the pinch

Squatting seemed to have disappeared from the public view in Melbourne, but now it’s back. With rentals almost impossible to find, and not cheap when you do , students have taken over vacant Faraday Street housing owned by Melbourne University. They are hoping to twist Unimelb’s arm till they agree to a housing co-op on the site.

31.08.08 in housing 

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