Emergency Social Market (ESM)

Project Type: Urban design, Building design,
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Emergency Social Market (ESM)

Project Type: Modular Growth Study
Project Status: Planned
Completion Date: April 2012
Site Area: 17 acres
Team: PlusUrbia + OSKI studio
Client: In-house study

ESM has been designed to grow organically over time. Both the housing stock and the planning evolve with the community’s needs by systematically adding modules and consolidation of parcels systematically.

ESM applies to building blocks or modules to single-family and multi-family designs. The single modular house may be placed on different lot types to become detached, semi-detached, or attached (in townhouse form). A base module of 3 x 3 meters is used for housing typologies that can grow and evolve from a small one-bedroom house to a full-size three-bedroom house. Modular multifamily units are also based on a 3 x 3-meter module allowing additions and sub-division. A basic two-bedroom unit is a standard that can be increased by joining the abovementioned unit. It can also be subdivided to allow commercial uses to be part of the mix, creating live-work units that serve the community’s needs. Internal spaces are secured by gates and provide semi-private open spaces shared among the households.

A 19 sm unit is designed to be the smallest possible denominator provided for a family. With an average parcel size of 100m, these basic homes can grow to 131 sm in two floors. The intent is to provide enough flexibility for a family to make the investment and make their homes a long-lasting investment in creating a community.

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