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Richard Burnham

The Historic and Modern Rural Housing Form and Associated Land Forms for Affordable Low-Cost Incremental Single Family Housing in the Hilltowns of New England

Dr. Richard Burnham, a Massachusetts architect and planner, received a special 1994 award for research into low cost housing. The study focused on historical low-cost New England housing—early settler, self-built housing—and its lessons for the present. A prototype for modern low-cost but environmentally sensitive housing was developed from this research. The accompanying report “Housing Ourselves: Affordable Self-Help, Environmentally Sensitive, Sustainable and Incremental Shelter for the Countryside” is addressed to policy makers and designers, planners and other housing professionals.