social housing

Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

As of this weekend, Brazil has to decide what to do with the stadiums and facilities built for the World Cup. Temporary buildings will be dismantled, some will be reused, but a large number of objects

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit that can be

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Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

The Social Complex in Alcabideche is comprised of 52 houses and a support building spread over a well-planned 10,000 square meter site. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos write that “Portugal is not a

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Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Located in Huechuraba, Santiago, the 25 built Ruca homes are part of a grand social housing complex. Made from bricks, concrete and local pine, the houses' natural facades were built from horizontal

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Rural Studio’s Quaint $20,000 House Offers Alabama Residents Much Needed Affordable Housing

Rural Studio’s Quaint $20,000 House Offers Alabama Residents Much Needed Affordable Housing

Rural Studio’s unique program focuses on providing its students with practical building experience, and directs that effort towards providing affordable housing solutions to the impoverished communities

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Gelin-Lafon Architects’ Affordable Mixed-Use Housing Project Is a Little Social Utopia

Gelin-Lafon Architects’ Affordable Mixed-Use Housing Project Is a Little Social Utopia

Parisian architects Gelin-Lafon unveiled the 58,000 square-foot development earlier this year. Outfitted in sleek enameled ceramic and broad woodwork, the modern mixed-use development is divided into two

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Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

The shipping container project will have 12 units in a three story building. Although the units' 280-290 square foot layout may seem small, even by city standards, many of the women at Atira have had

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Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

The Eco-Boulevard, designed by Ecosistema Urbano, is located in the Vallecas suburb just outside of Madrid, Spain. Olalquiaga Arquitectos's design for this 13,773 square meter site was based on the ideal

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MVRDV’s Urban Hybrid Micro City is Set to be Constructed in Switzerland

MVRDV’s Urban Hybrid Micro City is Set to be Constructed in Switzerland

MVRDV’s porous Urban Hybrid project was just declared to be the winner of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block in Emmen, Switzerland. The proposal consists of 16 different housing types that

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Wood Wrapped Beveridge Mews Apartments Provide Flexible Light-Filled Housing

Wood Wrapped Beveridge Mews Apartments Provide Flexible Light-Filled Housing

A new timber-clad social housing project called Beveridge Mews was recently selected as one of the 2013 RIBA national awards for excellence in architecture. Peter Barber Architects organized the eight

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Ginko Eco-Neighborhood in Bordeaux Has a Large In-Ground Garden at Its Heart

Ginko Eco-Neighborhood in Bordeaux Has a Large In-Ground Garden at Its Heart

Three of the apartment buildings are located along the tram line and are connected on the ground floor. The variety of paneling spread across the first floor terraces, together with the patterns created

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Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

The new social housing units by Buro II & Archi+I were inspired by the social housing district built in 1922-1925 by architect Victor Bourgeois. There are two groupings - one on Beheersstraat with 43

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Urban Collage: An Energy Efficient Housing Development Made from Stacked Houses

Urban Collage: An Energy Efficient Housing Development Made from Stacked Houses

With apartments opening on two opposite sides, the project meets the highest standards of energy efficiency. The apartment blocks span the middle sections, while the single family houses are scattered

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Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

SAMVS open modular houses make a great solution for low income housing programs given their fast construction time, simple materials, modularity and overall efficiency. Comprised of modules that serve

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Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

International architecture and planning firm Hassell recently won multiple awards and commendations at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. One of the projects recognized was Hassell’s Common

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56 Recycled Plastic Bottles Illuminate Liter of Light’s Pavilion at the Shanghai Biennale

56 Recycled Plastic Bottles Illuminate Liter of Light’s Pavilion at the Shanghai Biennale

Although they only work during the day, in poor areas where informal housing lacks the daylighting we take so much for granted or the fuel required to generate energy, these liter of light bulbs are

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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UpLIFT Transforms Elevated Parking Spaces into a Hive of Prefabricated Tiny Homes!

UpLIFT Transforms Elevated Parking Spaces into a Hive of Prefabricated Tiny Homes!

New York City is undergoing a cultural shift away from the automobile, and designers Lawrence Zeroth, Jack Phillips, Brian Schulman and Eugene Lubomir have come up with a clever proposal to transform

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Green-Toned Buchheimer Weg is a Model For Social Housing in Cologne

Green-Toned Buchheimer Weg is a Model For Social Housing in Cologne

GAG Immobilien AG, Cologne contracted ASTOC Architects and Planners to renovate and upgrade the housing complex in Cologne's Ostheim district. It was decided that both economically and aesthetically,

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Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

When Bailo Rull ADD+ took on this project, one of the main problems they had to solve was how to design a social housing project with a misguided solar orientation? The masterplan called for a linear

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Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

This is a mixed-use development that clusters all the services (such as waste and energy generation) in one central space to ensure maximum efficiency. Each apartment is positioned for maximum solar

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Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Located less than half a mile from the Grand’Place in Brussels, Savonnerie Heymans is a social housing project converted from a former soap factory. The green renovation was led by MDW Architecture who

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BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a social housing project in Nantes, France designed by TETRARC for Habitat 44. The complex is formed from a row of 11 tall and narrow volumes with their own peaked roofs. Inside, there are 39

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Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Prefab construction has become so widely used that it's now possible to precast a building as large as WOHA's 960-unit Skyville @ Dawson housing complex in Singapore! The massive solar-powered city

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Bamboo Orchard Subdivision is a Rainbow Colored Modular Housing Development in the Phillipines

Bamboo Orchard Subdivision is a Rainbow Colored Modular Housing Development in the Phillipines

Buensalido+Architects had the goal of creating a housing development that instilled a sense of pride in the owners through improved architectural design and construction quality. Each building features a

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Grödians is a Vibrant & Energy Efficient Social Housing Community in Scotland

Grödians is a Vibrant & Energy Efficient Social Housing Community in Scotland

The project is made up of 34 new-build social houses for Hjaltland Housing Association and provide a variety of 1-4 bedroom dwellings. The houses are oriented towards the street to improve access and

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CHL Social Housing is Clad With Bright Blue Louvers for Sun Protection & Privacy

CHL Social Housing is Clad With Bright Blue Louvers for Sun Protection & Privacy

The building's compact design and layout is coupled with an interesting shift in layers which gives the facade a kinetic effect. Separated into two volumes, one side accommodates 16 apartments surrounding

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Tower Hatert’s Rippling Structure Brings Social Housing and a Health Care Together in The Netherlands

Tower Hatert’s Rippling Structure Brings Social Housing and a Health Care Together in The Netherlands

Completed in October, the new residential tower maintains 72 apartments on top of a community health center. Each floor features a free-form balcony that wraps around the structure, and the overall effect

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Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Colorful and Bright Housing Complex

Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Colorful and Bright Housing Complex

Plans for Park Hill began in the 1940s when Sheffield was desperately in need of housing after the war, but construction did not commence until 1957 and was not completed until 1961. The project, which

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Prague’s Passive Solar Social Housing Project Makes the Most of Inexpensive Materials

Prague’s Passive Solar Social Housing Project Makes the Most of Inexpensive Materials

At the base of the social housing project sits a brightly colored gym surrounded by translucent walls facing the street. The rest of the project was built by adding brick-shaped apartments to create a

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