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