From a “Monographs on American Social Economics” released by the Department of Social Economy for the United-States Commission to the Paris Exposition of 1900 : “The chief fact which must be grasped is that a country rich in resources and inhabited by an ingenious people can not fail, if social or political institutions do not prevent, to rapidly produce an abundance of wealth. A portion of this wealth is quickly freed from expenditure for what are usually designated as necessaries. In as much as cheap raw materials conduce more prominently to cheap necessaries of life than almost any other circumstance, the fact is easy to appreciate that in a country like the United-States, where wages are high, there must be a large amount of wealth free to demand the best that human toil and genius can produce. The surplus of American incomes is proverbially used to pay the expenses of travel, to purchase luxuries, books, and the conveniences for which American life is noted. A demand is not long unsatisfied among a people as capable commercially as are Americans. The result is the presence everywhere of industries supplying the refinements of life. Progress in the establishment of American manufactures has undoubtedly been somewhat quickened by a protective tariff, but the tariff has had the effect rather to simply turn the mind of the people toward the solving of certain economic problems than to cause national sacrifice for the support of untimely industries.” and the same author to add: “The economic problem presented continuously and in every part of American territory was this: How can the abundant resources of the country be most rapidly developed with the least expenditure of human toil.

Since 1900, the expectations among both skilled and unskilled workers are still high with different solutions provided by new internet technologies. Creativity has become an asset that anyone can turn into a self-employed industry. In a report released by Los Angeles County “Preventing Youth Suicide” in 2018, among the protective factors we find “positive beliefs about the future, ability to cope, and life in general”. Among the risks factors we find “hopelessness”.

With the demonstration program of 115 units housing, we want to connect the residents with nature and offer innovative solutions where inhabitants can detach themselves from hopelessness to focus on the service we offer. The create the dynamics of a village, the group quarter residence will have a makerspace, offices, a library, roof gardens, a mini farm for rescued animals, an outdoor theater, a confessional and a nature preserve.

The makerspace is the corner stone of the demonstration program to analyse how the quality of housing in association with all other services can increase the creativity of the residents. The research program will analyse the evolution of the behaviors and develop scientific tools to value the evolution of industrial vigor among the different profiles of residents.

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