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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

Modular shelters designed for refugees

Ukrainian architects build modular shelters for refugees

Since Russia’s invasion, more than 6.5 million internally displaced people in Ukraine have fled their homes to find safety. Many of them are currently crowded in large spaces like school gyms or bomb shelters, with bare amenities available. In a bid to properly accommodate these refugees, a team Read More...

Habitat for Humanity house

Prefab home design weaves sustainability and affordability together

In a quiet residential neighborhood in Brant County, Ontario, lies a home that outperforms neighboring houses not only in sustainable design, but also in affordability. Boasting Passive House standards — a highly energy-efficient building standard — the new house is an experiment for Habitat Read More...

This modular treehouse design

This modular treehouse design was inspired by wasp nests

If you’ve ever wondered what tourist resorts might look like in the future, designs proposed for the Tree House Module contest may satisfy some of that curiosity in a rather enchanting way. One particular proposal tho stands out — a modular treehouse that is made up of two shelters inspired by Read More...

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This company rapidly builds modular homes for the homeless

While building more permanent supportive housing is key to solving the Bay Area’s homelessness crisis, such development projects typically require a long permitting process. This means that it can take years for people experiencing homelessness to find a lasting solution. California-based Read More...

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Architects are turning hospital parking lots into modular ICU units

Hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic could soon find a much-needed capacity lifeline in modular emergency care units built right in their parking lots. Called STAAT Mod (Strategic, Temporary, Acuity-Adaptable Treatment), the prefab system is built in a factory and delivered by truck Read More...

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Modular electric microbus can turn into 10 different vehicles

Imagine a car that you could modify into whatever type of vehicle is best suited for the trip you’re about to take. A German company has manufactured exactly that by designing a modular electric vehicle that comes in various forms, be it a camper, a dump truck, a bus, and even a pickup Read More...

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New modular units could restore dignity to transitional homeless shelters

Inside a typical transitional homeless shelter, where people stay while waiting to get a spot in permanent housing, 20 or 30 beds might be clustered together in a single room. Privacy doesn’t exist. But a new, modular design (not shown in photo) for shelter furniture, called Dome—a little like Read More...