Week 8 - Shooting the Y:Cube on location was an experience. My mistakes were made and many of them can be learned from. For example we really ought to have a second memory stick. By not having one my partner and i ended up being a hour or so late.
Once arriving to the location - Woodstock Lane, Mitcham, CR4 1BB, it was time to obtain shoots of the exterior and interior of the 36 units. Here are some images of the units provided by YMCA LSW (London South West).
The whole point of filming the Y:Cubes is because they are significant step forward in creating a solution to the affordable housing crisis. They are eco friendly and cost effective for the government and local councils.
The Y:Cube uses a ingenious panelised wall & roof system which is patented by SIG. By manufacturing very specifically using computer technology there is very little waste created compared to traditional residential construction methods and cost effective.
Within one of the Y:Cube units i will be interviewing Simon Tanner - Y:Cube development consultant YMCA LSW.
Here are some of the question i will be asking:
For the individuals who are currently in the Y:Cube scheme. What are you wider effects of them getting their first home?
With the Y:Cube looking like a promising solution to the affordable housing crisis, in theory, how likely is it for us to see more affordable housing like these pre fabricated units?
Though the Y:Cube are move-on type of accommodation and certainly provides a spring board opportunity for an individual. Is there anyway of making future properties similar to the Y:Cube a more permanent solution?
Further more though - the Y:Cube units are for single occupancy only at the moment. Is there any chance we can see similar homes to the Y:Cube for bigger family compositions?
The scheme has been created to be a ‘next stage medium stay’ type accommodation. What happen to tenants if their life, hasn’t quite turned around in their short-hold periodic occupancy and require to stay in ‘their’ home for the foreseeable future?
Is there any way of making more self contained homes like the Y: Cube a permeant solution to housing shortages? Could it be possible for the Y: Cube to not just be a quick fix for an individual?
Its clear that these properties have been built for renting not selling. With this being said, is it possible for a future where renting became the main achievable ambition of young tenants? By continuous renting tenants are able to consider other aspects of their lives rather than a “owning your own home obsession’. Why is it so important for people to own their own home?
“Y:Cube has a design if of 60 years” - How long is it until the Y:Cube scheme is seen as a quick method for rolling out private accommodation. How long will these homes stay affordable?
In an article provided by lselondonhousing.org - its goes in to detail on how the Y:Cube scream can help local authorities save on housing benefit cost? Could you expand further on this claim?
The self contained units are seen as a stepping stone housing solution. With many less fortunate individuals want to keep their first house, what happens after 5 years and they want to keep their Y:Cube home? Is the time limit of 5 years a non negotiable one?
I intended to mash up the vocals and exterior shots of the 36 units. With his being said there will be a interview between himself and but accompanied by combined imagery and audio.