‘Housing as a service’ startup plans to develop prototype for self-sustaining, carbon-negative, communal housing project.
We are Haas, a San Francisco-based startup building a digital platform for living – a service through which subscribing members are given access to a growing network of high-density co-living spaces – also built and managed by us. One year after launching, we now manage five properties, have a team of 10 people, 50 active members, and a roster of 200+ alumni.
At this time, we are proposing to design and build a co-living project from scratch on a plot of land we have purchased in the agricultural highlands of Nicaragua – a developing country faced with ongoing economic and environmental challenges, but well-poised to become a beacon of sustainability for the world.
The goal is to demonstrate a working ‘micro-arcology’ – a small-scale architectural complex that integrates with the landscape and on-site ecology to provide a habitat for humans that takes care of all their basic needs while minimizing their environmental footprint. The micro-arcology is a model for sustainable, zero-waste, carbon-neutral high-density communal housing that provides resiliency to its cohabitants in the face of climate change-related environmental disaster and socio-political/economic disruption (instability?).
The micro-arcology, taking approximately ten years to build in its entirety, will be based on an initial prototype home design which we are calling a Modular Autonomous Container Home Integrated with the Natural Environment. The MACHINE is a modified shipping container and kit of parts that deploys into an infrastructure-independent shelter which can be added onto with other container modules over time to create a full micro-arcology.