In one of the most densely populated cities on the planet–Chennai, India–creating sustainable and low-cost homes is a priority.  It does not mean cheap and a premium is put on flexibility of space and use.

Sustainable, low-cost homes must become the default option for builders and buyers amid increasing pressure on land and the environment, according to a leading architect in India, which has among the most densely populated cities on the planet.

While affordable housing is getting an enormous push in India because of a government goal of housing for all by 2022, it is a concept that must be embraced by all builders and aspiring home buyers, said architect Sheila Sriprakash.

Here’s how people have approached the design problem of creating affordable housing in various locations:

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