Monday, 14 January 2019

Japan New Wave Public Housing

Kowa Danchi Offers a Renewed Vision of Housing Projects in Japan

The Kowa Public Apartment Complex was planned in Mihama, a coastal town in Aichi prefecture that has suffered from depopulation. A number of 2 and 3-story danchi buildings built in the 1950s plagued with structural deterioration and vacancies were to be torn down and replaced. But rather than building up, the town wanted to prioritize a warmer style of living that was closer to the ground. One that would be friendly to parents raising children but also seniors.


Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Best Modular Housing Unit: MOVIT by Pod Structures Singapore

Founded in Singapore in 2015, Pod Structures is a multi-disciplinary design and innovation start-up that produces solutions related to the field of modular and prefabricated construction. Earlier this week the firm launched its pilot modular home project called MOVIT. 
Installed at the front lawn of the startup’s office and workshop facility on Loyang Street, the 32-square-metre modular home is decked as a studio apartment comprising a living-dining area, a bathroom and a bedroom.  

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Monday, 4 January 2016

French Social Housing Experiments (1950s-1980s)

The Fading "Grands Ensembles" of Paris Laurent Kronental's Souvenir d'un Futur photos capture these stigmatized housing experiments and their aging residents. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Paris erected a series of massive apartment complexes to address a burgeoning housing crisis and accommodate an influx of foreign immigrants after WWII. Once seen as impressive manifestations of modern and postmodern ideology, these days the buildings are often stigmatized by the public and in the media, viewed largely as places of unemployment, delinquency, and exclusion. Source:

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

"Gwapotel" transient worker housing solution in Metro Manila

Gwapotel is a portmanteau of gwapo, Filipino term which means good-looking, and hotel. The word is used by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando to a worker's inn he founded in the old refurbished 4 story building which formerly houses the National Power Corporation located along Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. Presently, it has been renamed as the MMDA Worker's Inn, and is in operation. First Gwapotel[edit] On September 6, 2007, Chairman Fernando said that the “Gwapotel Inn” (Overnight stay: P20 a night, P5 a bath) run by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has become a big hit with transients due to safe and decent lodgings. 40,000 transients have registered in the 4-story “hotel” on Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, since its May 14, 2007 opening. The 710-bed inn, painted in Mr. Fernando's signature pink and blue, posted an average occupancy rate of 73%, or 519 guests daily. The overnighters share a common sleeping area with double-deck beds.[1] Now under the current chairmanship of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, they renovated and upgraded the Gwapotel in 2015, adding more amenities, improvements, and CCTV cameras. Second Gwapotel[edit] On December 23, 2007, Chairman Bayani Fernando announced the building of a 2nd Gwapotel: a 3-story lodging house at Tondo, Manila, in the abandoned 2,800-sq.m. Emmanuel Hospital at Jose Abad Santos St. Renovation started in January 2008, and is expected to be completed by May 1, 2008 (coinciding with Labor Day). [2] Unfortunately, this branch was closed down due to low occupancy, and its facilities were donated to various institutions. The area is now the agency's training barracks. Source: