Stewart Brand’s 1997 look at adaptably “Low Road” Buildings, Boats and Abodes

Stewart Brand’s “The Low Road” from series, “How Buildings Learn” explores highly adaptable, cheaply made but long-lasting buildings in this BBC presentation from the 1990’s. His dialogue is interspersed with commentary, both thought-provoking and slightly prophetic in predicting upcoming trends of “low road” entrepreneurs making way for high end developers. He says, “Economic activity follows low-road activity.”

One of his interviewees, a building owner in London who happened to snatch up his property cheaply the day it went on the market worries about developers out-pricing the market for artists seeking cheep spaces. By charging exorbitant rents, developers make these buildings unaffordable for poor inhabitants of these districts as well, I might add.


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