EXCERPT: “A critical shortage of affordable housing across the world is triggering creative solutions from Hong Kong to El Salvador, in the form of modified pipes, containers and 3D printers. At least 150 million people, or about 2 percent of the world’s population, are homeless, according to United Nations data. About 1.6 billion people – more than a fifth of the global population – lack adequate housing. Many of them live in cities, where the high cost of owning or renting a home forces them to live on the streets or in shanties lacking even basic amenities. This is especially true of Hong Kong, one of the wealthiest cities in the world, where tens of thousands cram into rooftop shanties, so-called cage homes with plywood bunk beds, and tiny partitioned flats, averaging just 62 sq ft (6 sq mt). One architecture firm in the city believes it has a solution: micro homes in concrete water pipes. James Law Cybertecture has remade pipes, measuring 2.5 meters in diameter, into 100 sq ft apartments for two, with a living and kitchen space, a shower and a toilet.” FULLSTORY: https://reut.rs/2LfhGUs