A Room of One’s Own

Van Bo Le-Mentzel: housing is a universal human right

The One-SQM-House is designed by Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel. Le-Mentzel, a Laos native, fled his home country as a refugee and has dedicated his life to examining the meaning of home and the importance of having at least one square meter of personal space.



Van Bo has asked: “Does the consumer really always have to be the one who’s at the very end of all the value creation chains? No. We’re not living in the industrial era any more. It’s high time for us to adapt our consumption behaviour to our own age. The next field I’d like to take a critical look at is the property market. Why is it that the price per square metre determines everything? Who does the city belong to? Why is it that only rich people are allowed to have a fine view of a park or a lake?”



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Miriam J Blake says:

    From Vancouver Canada – How much I agree with this!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Welcome! Important ethics, I agree!

  2. yes, it is true I cannot afford the fine view of the park or lake…so I surround my small space with flowers to attract the bees, berries and baths to attract the birds, creating my own version of a fine view. One truth about about beauty is that no matter how much is sold to the highest bidder the wellspring of beauty is as inexhaustible as the imagination.

    One of the great shames in america is so many homeless people and so many vacant buildings.

    Thank you once again Sigrun for a thought provoking post.

  3. Paula Maggio says:

    Reblogged this on Blogging Woolf and commented:
    A new version of a room of one’s own.

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