Plugin House in the US
MAY 2018 Boston Wants People To Build Tiny Houses In Their Yards
The city is showing off a prototype for “pop-up” affordable housing—and easing rules on accessory dwelling units.
May 2018 The City of Boston Wants You to Put a Tiny Home in Your Backyard
The 360-square-foot house, created from a series of insulated panels, is meant to be easily constructed by the average person.
May 2018 Innovative Housing Units Can Be Built In Hours By Hand
MIT graduate James Shen designed what he calls a plug-in house that can be constructed in one day using only an Allen wrench. WBZ-TV's David Wade reports.
Plugin House in China
October 2016 Beijing's 13th century hutongs get a futuristic makeover
Can one architect's low-cost pre-fabricated modernizing techniques save this charming Chinese neighborhood?
November 2017 Plugging Into the Past
A quick, inexpensive method to modernize Beijing’s traditional courtyard house interiors is slowly gaining traction—and it could become a key to preserving not only these historic structures but also the culture that has developed around them over the centuries.
December 2014 How China Works
Whether it's investigating the world's fastest trains, exploring the technology behind China's most successful smartphone app, or building and operating the world's biggest machinery, Danny meets some of the country's brightest minds in an attempt to understand HOW CHINA WORKS.
October 2017 World Architecture Festival: Homes that work with Nature
Through improving living standards for an affordable price within given social constraints, the Plugin House attempts to breath new life into old neighborhoods with a new urban vernacular.
March 2017 This $10,000 tiny home can be built with a single tool in less than a day
With just $10,000 worth of materials and a hex wrench, a construction team can build the Plug-in House in less than 24 hours.
November 2017 Economy Class
Mrs. Fans’ Plugin House in a Beijing hutong by People’s Architecture Office solved exigent financial and spatial issues.
Articles on People’s Architecture Office
June 2017 These Young Chinese Architects are helping save old beijing
The narrow streets at the center of the city are rapidly disappearing as the urban core is gentrified. But while some architects might be helping as the government tears down entire neighborhoods in order to modernize the city, one local firm is doing the opposite.
CAN PEOPLE-POWERED ARCHITECTURE SOLVE BEIJING'S PROBLEMS?
The dilemmas of hutong life give PAO its raison d’être. In 2013, one of PAO’s practical ideas became the darling of a Dashilar revitalization project, receiving the endorsement of Beijing’s vice mayor. The idea: a courtyard “plug-in.”
Habitable urban fragments
As often happens in China, PAO quickly churned out a series of designs and built projects that are unique both for their ideological approach and their formal results. The ideology is that architecture should have a positive impact on the lives of a large number of people, and thus not be conceived as a service for an elite.