The Expandable House helps adapt to rapid urbanization

March 5, 2020 by  
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Singapore-based design firm  Urban-Rural Systems  has developed an innovative housing prototype that fights urban sprawl while simultaneously providing better infrastructure for rural-to-urban migrants. Implemented in phases, the project recently completed its second phase this year in Indonesia with the construction of its first Expandable House prototype. True to its name, the dwelling can be flexibly expanded to increase its built area from a single-story, 36-square-meter unit to a three-story, 108-square-meter  mixed-use  building equipped with sustainable decentralized systems such as rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic systems.  The Expandable House (“‘rumah tambah’ in Bahasa Indonesia, or ‘rubah’ for short”) targets rapidly urbanizing regions on the fringes of cities and towns. As the designers explained in a project statement, these are regions where the impact of rapid urbanization “is most directly felt: where land is still relatively cheap, new industrial jobs are springing up, rural migrants often first arrive in the city, and infrastructure is often inadequate to support them.” Additionally, the designers said, “The expandable house tries to respond to this dynamic situation by allowing the dwelling to be flexibly configured around the fluctuating patterns of resource consumption and expenditure, or metabolism, of its residents.” To meet these needs, the Expandable House features a roof that can be raised as well as a floor and foundations strong enough to support up to three floors. This model not only allows for flexible financing — owners can expand their home from a single-story unit to a multi-story unit as needed — but also encourages vertical growth to reduce urban sprawl. The adaptable housing system also incorporates  rainwater  and solar harvesting systems, passive design principles, on-site sewage systems, as well as food production systems to promote self-sufficiency and small-scale business growth.  Related: Passive solar school in Indonesia celebrates the natural landscape Developed in three phases, the Expandable House project began with the Phase 1 design at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Phase 2 oversaw construction of the prototype in  Indonesia  that began in 2018, with the first floor of 36 square meters, and concluded earlier this year after all three floors were built along with the technical systems, including rainwater harvesting and photovoltaics. Phase 3 will involve piloting the Expandable House on a larger-scale in a project dubbed Tropical Town, also in Indonesia.  + Urban-Rural Systems (URS) Images © Carlina Teteris

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11 Upcycled Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

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These Tiny Homes Let You Truly ‘Escape The Ordinary’

January 13, 2016 by  
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The tiny home and portable home movement is no longer just a fad. More and more people are seeking a simpler – and perhaps less expensive – way of life. Downsizing your dwelling isn’t just a great way to reduce your environmental impact, it also…

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AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing

December 3, 2012 by  
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Living alone as a student is a rare luxury – particularly in Sweden, where rent and living costs can be high. But this cozy micro cottage in Lund looks like a perfect solution for going solo – even though it’s only a scant 12 square meters in size! The mini home was designed by AF Bostader to meet demand for affordable autonomous living . Although residents may not have much room to move, it certainly seems like a snug place to retreat during the long, dark winters. Read the rest of AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: af bostader , affordable housing , green architecture , micro house , miniature design , student housing , sustainable design

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