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 evolves with the needs of the community by the addition of modules and the consolidation of parcels systematically.


ESM applies building blocks, or modules to single family and multi-family design. The modular single 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 have the option to 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 allows for additions and sub-division. A basic two bedroom unit is the standard unit that can be increased by joining with the unit above. It also can be subdivided to allow for 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 have the ability to 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 the creation of community.




Emergency Social Market (ESM)
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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 evolves with the needs of the community by the addition of modules and the consolidation of parcels systematically.


ESM applies building blocks, or modules to single family and multi-family design. The modular single 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 have the option to 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 allows for additions and sub-division. A basic two bedroom unit is the standard unit that can be increased by joining with the unit above. It also can be subdivided to allow for 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 have the ability to 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 the creation of community.