Published in ARCHITECT Journal of the AIA
Program: A prototype for affordable housing for refugees returning to Mosul, Iraq.
This proposal increases the capacity of housing on a limited site by restoring key components of Mosul’s vernacular architecture and living culture, in an urgent yet organic manner.
The scheme strives to recover what was destroyed, by maintaining a level of efficiency driven by necessity, while simultaneously providing the multiple layers of privacy at the heart of the traditional home.
The resulting modular system provides each unit with a private courtyard, yet has a scaleless, repetitive quality. This organic pattern generates something soft out of something hard, a re-growth out of what is ruined.
Project Team: I. Kanda, S. Chun
Construction: Prefabricated concrete modules + Plaster