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[Editor's note: Click through the arrows above to see the various affordable housing projects. Captions provide information on each project.]

Floating, interconnected houses. Shoebox-like cubes lifted by cranes. Bendy skyscrapers shaped like blades of grass.

They may not be your idea of a perfect home, but Montreal architect Avi Friedman sees their potential.

As part of the Tyee Solutions Society's quest to dig up new ideas to solve Vancouver's homeownership crisis, we sat down with Friedman to hear some of his ideas about reducing both land and living costs.

The winner of the United Nations' World Habitat Award recently went on his own quest, a worldwide tour to find some of the top housing experiments that prioritize keeping costs down.

His findings will be published in his upcoming book, Designing Sustainable Communities, set for release next year.

You can browse a number of the projects he explored in the slideshow above. Images courtesy of Friedman.  [Tyee]

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