YES! Magazine’s Summer 2012 issue launches featuring Real Homes: Why Small is Beautiful, and How to Build Green on a Budget
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         May 2012 

The “Homes” issue of YES! Magazine

  Making It Home: After the Crash, the Summer 2012 issue of YES! Magazine
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Dear Reader,

We’ve certainly learned in the last few years how not to run a housing market. The question now is whether we simply try to return to the status quo, as economists and politicians insist we must. We could instead question the beliefs that led to the real estate bubble and bust—bigger is better, one family to a house, green is too expensive. We could look for ways to make homes that are places to dwell, not mere investments; places to settle down and build community, not temporary stopovers; places that work with nature, rather than against it.

Turns out there are plenty of people working creatively to make those changes. One of the greenest houses in North America is owner-built, and architects are competing to design affordable, earth-friendly houses in some of the world’s most inhospitable climates. People are realizing the value of living in small spaces—as tiny as 130 square feet. They are sharing space, sharing ownership, and settling down for the long haul. And the Occupy movement is lending its voice and numbers to long-time housing activists working to stop foreclosures and keep people in their homes.

These stories, along with tips for “owning” your rental, six models for sensible homes, and one person’s experience with cleaning up what’s left behind after foreclosure, are the new issue of YES! Magazine, “Making it Home: After the Crash, Ways to Rebuild.”

See what’s inside the issue, and if you’re not already a subscriber, make this issue the first in your subscription with this introductory $15 offer.

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Ella’s House photo by Dawn Jenkins

Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green

Traditionally, a home was where you lived, not a way to turn a quick buck. In 1950, the average house was a bit less than 1,000 square feet. By 2007, that was the amount of space for each person in a household. For most of history, the norm was that multiple generations shared a home. We made that the exception. Our grand experiment, rejecting everything that worked before, was a failure. It’s time now to take the best of the old ways, add the best of new thinking, and make homes for everyone—small, green, affordable ones.

Just The Facts
We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share
In just 60 years, the average house size in the United States more than doubled—even though the number of people in each house went down. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?
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  Green Living Tips  
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How to Build Green on a Budget
As green as it gets—and it’s affordable.

Meet the pioneers who are showing that Earth-friendly housing is no longer just for the wealthy. An owner-built cob house, an owner-modified ’70s home, newly designed housing for the Arctic, and a 160-unit apartment retrofitted over time—these projects show that it doesn’t take piles of money to have a deep-green home. Think it’s impossible to build an affordable, Living-Building certified home in the Aleutian Islands? 104 architects disagree.

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