Residential Immobility affects Japanese Architecture

Just came across this interesting article by Alastair Townsend ( about how the residential immobility fostered by Japanese housing market structure propels young home-buyers to be incredibly creative in the architectural design of their homes.  Because they aren’t thinking of resale value, they don’t have to conform and can be creative.  Check out the wild designs featured in the photos that accompany the story, like this one:


For those of you interested, I’ve written about the effects of Japan’s residential market structure on the way people get involved in their neighborhoods here:

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