Innovative Real Estate Podcast Show Notes

Episode 3 - Innovative Solutions for Affordable Housing with Scott Shall


Scott Shall is the Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Architecture at the College of Architecture & Design at Lawrence Technological University. He is also the Founding Director of the International Design Clinic... as well as a Founding Member of Houm - an architectural design partnership that is combining forces with Three Squared to provide innovative solutions for affordable housing.

Houm's construction approaches marry the promise of robotics, digital fabrication and industrial manufacturing to realize a smarter process and a product that is more sensible, better crafted and more beautiful than anything currently on the market.

Here's a glimpse at what you'll learn from us in this episode:

  • How technology & digital fabrication can combat the affordable housing crisis.

  • Solutions for connecting historical building practices with modern technologies.

  • Debunking the question of cost per square foot.

  • How Houm uses algorithms to create buildings with the price and time that housing expects. 

  • What Three Squared's partnership with Houm will mean for the future of accessible housing.

  • Merging methods to go beyond just shipping containers. 

  • Breck's Project Highlight of The Week: Lakeville Animal Clinic!


“Our goal is to make buildings that are still beautiful with high design and intelligence embed in them but make is accessible to the masses, so that anyone who wants that can access that”

- Breck Crandell (Director of Design, TSI & Founding Member, Houm)

“Is there a way that we can bring a certain amount of intelligence of

the architect into housing design through the crafting of an algorithm?”

- Scott Shall (Founding Member, Houm)

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Show Notes:

  • 0:44 - Introduction into Episode 3. Follow along with the case studies we reference by checking out our Instagram!

  • 0:58 - Breck’s Project Highlight of the week: Lakeville Animal Clinic. 

  • 2:35 - Leslie’s inquiry into creating affordable and innovative housing.

  • 4:55 - Leslie welcomes Innovate Real Estate’s special guest Scott Shall. 

  • 7:31 - Breck introduces Scott and his architectural design partnership Houm.

  • 8:53 - Scott explains what Houm is, and what he hopes the future will look like for the partnership. 

    • 9:28 - Looking carefully at the Built Environment and the inspiration for creating Houm.

    • 12:15 - Utilizing technology and digital fabrication to combat the affordable housing crisis.

  • 14:00 - Three Squard’s efforts to make an impact within the affordable housing crisis. 

    • 14:47 - Breck analyzes the question of “How do we create accessible housing?” 

  • 15:43 - Scott explains what digital fabrication is, and how it is used in innovative architecture. 

    • 16:40 - Why digital fabrication is not a “silver bullet.” 

    • 18: 38 - Connecting historical building practices with modern technologies. 

  • 20:32 - Leslie explains why there has to be a blend of techniques and building material to create a successful project. 

  • 21:08 - Scott shares pictures and discusses the design elements of hybrid projects by Houm. 

    • 23:40 - Examples of Houm using digital fabrication in their projects. 

    • 26:07 - Using algorithms to more efficiently create buildings with the price and time that housing expects. 

  • 27: 49 - Breck debunks the question of cost per square foot.

    • 32:00 - Making housing affordable does not have to mean making structures smaller.

  • 33: 44 - Three Squared Inc. and Houm’s partnership. 

    • 33:50 - Merging methods to go beyond just shipping containers. 

  • 34:42 - Concluding thoughts for episode 3.

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