A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction with safe, universal housing schemes — without repeating the mistakes of modernism.
To address these issues, UN Habitat launched a student competition in September to provide designs for local, specific social housing solutions for cities around the globe. We’ve collected the winners in the overall competition, as well as some of our favorites from the 6 regional and 38 national winners, after the break.
Team Improvistos – Valencia, Spain (1st Overall)
Choosing a housing block on the southern outskirts of Valencia with a low occupancy and high unemployment rate, Improvistos propose a solution which involves skills training, primarily in the timber industry, which is the primary local employer. The housing blocks themselves would be subject to temporary, reversible interventions, bringing empty
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