Fair point Rosa; but would you accept that pint served in a dirty cracked glass, or in a pub full of cockroaches with the risk of partition walls moving.
Having spent so long trying to obtain decent standards of housing for people with low incomes it is disgraceful to be turning backwards and calling for the lowering of standards to allow volume over decency as a priority.
On the positive note - modular, flexible housing systems do have a place in alleviating the housing crisis. There is an award winning example of such built by East Thames in Harlow as a Foyer project. But no standards were reduced in this provision - and it is not substandard housing that is needed now.
There are other modular provisions on the market used for commercial premises, however, the start up cost of these upgraded to decent domestic standards would require in ther region of 20-years to produce a decent return. Currently investors are not interested in such long term returns, looking for short-term fast kill profit instead, hence the call for lowering of standards.
Thus the concept exists, and the facility to provide the modules exists, all at decent standards. The blockage is not standard but the willingness of the financial sector to engage in long term investment. The continual current problem wrecking our economy.
Thus Rosa, my original post may have been glib, but it definately is not a dismissal out of hand. Should such a product become more widely used there is every prospect that my income issues will be resolved, so I even have a vested interest in seeing such come to be - but I refuse to make an income out of condemning my brothers and sisters to substandard accomodation.