Incremental Housing

Built in New Bombay, India, the Incremental Housing project was Charles Correa’s attempt to show that high population density could be achieved in a low-rise typology. Each “increment” is composed of a group of seven houses arranged around a central, shared courtyard. The houses do not share walls, and each house is on its own piece of land, to promotive privacy and extensibility.

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Incremental Housing is a great idea, in my opinion. ¬†According to Correa’s website, these houses can cover almost the whole social spectrum from the poor to the wealthy. Though it’s not a perfect or complete solution because it may not be very accessible to the very poorest, it provides one tool that may be useful in improving the lives of people in India.

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