From Modular Mini Homes to Converted Army Base Housing

By: Katherine Pendrill - May 21, 2016
From modular mini homes to converted army base housing, there is a growing shift towards homes that are smaller and more affordable. These characteristics are largely fueled by growing urban populations that are forcing architects to rethink the way people live in cities.

When it comes to urban housing projects, there is an enormous effort to maximize the functionality of small spaces. For instance, there are apartments with flexible folding modules that allow consumers to reconfigure a space depending on their needs. Similarly, smart home technology is being used in some houses to transform rooms based on the time of day or the occasion.

In addition to making smaller homes more functional, architects are also trying to make these spaces more affordable for city dwellers. This is particularly important for groups such as low-income families, refugees and seniors, who may struggle to keep pace with rising living costs. Some examples of affordable housing projects include converted army base houses, eco-friendly refugee dwellings and blocky residential towers.