Bedrooms have become de facto offices, separation from family and friends is leading to widespread homesickness, and real estate prices continue to soar even as renters face a shortage of affordable housing across the country. In a new digital series, updated every Wednesday through December, The Walrus looks at the transformations in where and how we live, exploring the meaning of home and how we relate to the spaces around us.
What DIY Couldn’t Do for Me
Hustle culture tells us we’ll be more productive if we optimize our homes. But the decor was never really the problem
How Real Estate TV Became a Cruel Joke
Why would I want to watch celebrities shop for multimillion-dollar mansions while I get priced out of my own city?
How to Save the Middle Class
Our vision of the good life is stuck in the twentieth century. It’s time to reinvent it—starting with home ownership
When Did Housing Get So Unaffordable?
Over the past four decades, the cost has gone through the roof and transformed a necessity into a commodity
Tiny Homes Won’t Fix the Housing Crisis
They’re often touted as a path to affordable housing. But the scale of the problem calls for a bigger solution
You Can’t Run Away from Homesickness
What it means to miss home in our globalized, climate-changed world
The Rise of the Roommate
Burnt out and debt-ridden, my generation is poised to change the household as we know it—maybe even for the better
More on Home and Housing
Series Editor: Tajja Isen
Editors: Samia Madwar, Carmine Starnino, Daniel Viola
Art Direction/Header Illustration: Natalie Vineberg
Producers: Angela Misri, Sheena Rossiter
Head of Research: Erin Sylvester
Copy Editor: Jonah Brunet
Fact Checkers: Ariella Garmaise, Sydney Hamilton, Nikky Manfredi, Brett Throop, Sophie Weiler