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Source: Launch Pod

Millennials Seek Affordable Housing In Solar-Powered Pods

By Aimee Lutkin

London is one of many cities in the developed world facing a housing crisis as people look for places they can live near work opportunities, usually in fairly expensive urban areas. But last Wednesday, the United Kingdom took a big step in a new experiment, The Guardian reports. 

Housing association RHP, in conjunction with factory Legal & General Homes, announced that they will be building thousands of units called "Launch Pods" to be installed in Richmond, estimating that the single person units would be far less than the average cost of a local one-bedroom apartment.

Every apartment comes with a kitchen, bathroom, carpet, and can be outfitted with furniture by request. Though they're only 280 square feet, the unites are built tall to give a sense of space, with storage added underneath beds and on higher shelves to accommodate people's belongings. The UK did institute national space standards in 2011, saying that a space for one person should be a bare minimum of about 398 square feet. Detractors worry that the Launch Pods are a "race to the bottom" in terms of standards of living. 

“They [space standards] have made a real difference to the quality of development in London. I’m confident that space standards are right and will continue to be right,” explained housing authority Jennifer Peters to The Guardian. She explained that the cost of land rises if developers believe they can fit more units onto it.