The tech industry exacerbated the housing crisis. Here’s what Google is doing to fix it.
July 27, 2020A year ago, Google pledged $1 billion to address the Bay Area housing crisis the tech boom helped cause. How much affordable housing does that build? The company has also invested in Factory OS, a startup that lowers construction costs by building apartments in factories. This will help Google’s money stretch further in California...
Housing development erected in West Oakland in 10 days
September 9, 2019Typically, a building this size would take a year to construct, said developer Rick Holliday. It went up in 10 days.
This new “Rapid Response Factory” wants to make an assembly line to build post-disaster housing
July 10, 2019Prefab apartment builder FactoryOS is teaming up with Autodesk to streamline a process to get housing to people in need as quickly as possible after fires, floods, and earthquakes.
Will Google, Amazon and Facebook fix the affordable housing crisis?
Marco della Cava | USA Today
SAN FRANCISCO – From atop his gleaming new headquarters, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has an inspirational view of mountains, the bay and an endless Pacific Ocean. But when Benioff looks down, he’s not so happy. Some 60 floors below his…
Factory_OS Wants to Build Your Next Apartment in a Factory
Redshift Video by Autodesk | Redshift
With the global population set to reach 10 billion by 2050, the housing crisis is only going to become more dire. Factory_OS hopes to meet that problem head-on by disrupting the way multifamily housing is produced. By building apartment units…
Sage Sauerbrey | Moonshine Inc
As soon as December of this year, an initial wave of 12-by-60-foot flatbed trucks carrying Truckee housing will roll into town. The homes, stacked like 20-ton Lego blocks, will be bound for the community’s newest housing development, Coburn Crossing, bringing…
Carpenters’ Union Embraces Factory Built Housing to Address Labor Needs in Northern California
Modular Advantage | Modular Advantage
“We don’t have a labor shortage, we have an opportunity shortage,” said Jay Bradshaw, Director of Organizing for the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council (NCCRC). Not everyone agrees that the construction industry suffers from a labor shortage. NCCRC represents 37,500…
The Future of Affordable Housing
Wired Brand Lab | Wired
In 2017, Rick Holliday, a longtime developer of affordable housing in the Bay Area, was about to retire when he got a request — Google wanted to work with him. “I was planning to just play with my grandson,” Holliday…
Factory_OS: Carpenters take aim at the housing crisis
| The Northern California Carpenter
It’s no secret there’s a critical housing shortage in California—half a million below-market and market-rate homes are needed right now in the Bay Area alone. Skyrocketing rents and home prices are pushing working families into two-hour commutes, students into their…