HIVE is defined by the innovation that is happening in housing and bringing innovation in from other industries. Here, John McManus, editorial director at BUILDER, explores the need and the challenges that tend to strangle innovation.

In housing, though, one of the things we've been thinking a lot about is the difficulty innovation has, even as the pressure-cooker of unmet needs--for more affordable, attainable, safer, more connective, more healthy, more secure, more sustainable, and, ultimately, more valuable--builds to a bursting point.

One of the reasons, of course, ties to those same fears sparked by the work of Elon Musk, who has the nerve to envision pulse-quickening new automobiles, ingenious battery-power applications, and aesthetically palatable solar roofing solutions that serve not only the purpose of transportation, energy, and shelter, but also do it in a way that limits "bad carbon's" flow into the atmosphere.

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