In order to design and create my own affordable housing unit, I thought it would be a good idea to first research existing solutions to affordable housing in order to get some inspiration. Almost immediately, I came across a “Baugruppen” or “building groups”, a collaborative approach to affordable housing. For one, these housing projects are entirely owned by the residents, who are also able to design the housing however they choose with the help of an architect. Since there are no commercial developers or real estate agents, the construction costs and rates of absentee ownerships are considerably lowered. Baugruppen bring families together to form a cohesive community located in a dense urban area. Families have their own spacious housing unit and a large communal outdoor space to enjoy. Although this set up might not be ideal for some families wanting complete privacy, this is a unique and sustainable approach to affordable housing in popular urban areas where there is a lack of affordable housing.