Integrating “Industrial Vigor” into the SAB Center’s Research and Development Program

At the SAB Center, the concept of “industrial vigor” is a pivotal element woven into the fabric of our innovative approach to affordable housing. Derived from the historical insights of John R. Commons, the term encompasses the dynamic relationship between housing, food, and occupation. In our Research and Development (R&D) program, we strategically incorporate this concept to redefine living standards in a contemporary context, considering the evolving roles of homes in the digital age.

  1. Comprehensive Analysis: Our R&D program involves a thorough analysis of housing functions beyond conventional dimensions. We delve into the multifaceted roles that modern homes play, including serving as offices for remote work, platforms for craft businesses (e.g., Etsy, Amazon, eBay), post-production studios for online content creation (streaming on Youtube, Vimeo), and integrated media centers in smart homes. By embracing a holistic understanding, we go beyond square footage considerations to capture the essence of industrial vigor.
  2. Prototyping Seven Housing Types: Building on the model proposed by John R. Commons, we define seven distinct housing types. Each prototype is meticulously designed to accommodate the diverse functionalities identified in our analysis. These prototypes serve as tangible representations of our commitment to reimagining affordable housing as dynamic, multifunctional spaces that cater to the industrial vigor of contemporary living.
  3. “Dwelling Cards” and “Occupants Cards”: To operationalize the industrial vigor concept, we create “dwelling cards” and “occupants cards” for each housing type. These cards encapsulate the specific attributes and functionalities of each dwelling, considering the symbiotic relationship between housing, food, and occupation. This approach ensures a comprehensive and structured understanding of the industrial vigor inherent in each housing prototype.
  4. Cost Evaluation and Comparison: The SAB Center conducts a meticulous evaluation of the costs associated with each housing prototype, factoring in housing, food, and occupation. This comprehensive cost assessment serves as a benchmark for comparison with housing costs in specific regions, with a particular focus on affordable housing in Los Angeles. Through this comparative analysis, we aim to highlight the economic viability and sustainability of our innovative housing models.
  5. Dynamic Adaptation to New Media and Technologies: Recognizing the impact of new media and technologies on contemporary living, our R&D program dynamically adapts to these changes. We continuously assess and integrate emerging trends to ensure that our housing prototypes remain relevant, efficient, and aligned with the evolving needs of occupants.

By integrating “industrial vigor” into our R&D program, the SAB Center not only pays homage to historical insights but also pioneers a transformative model for affordable housing that reflects the dynamic nature of modern living. Through a blend of tradition and innovation, we strive to create homes that resonate with the diverse and evolving lifestyles of individuals and communities.