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CO-HOMES. A PREFABRICATED SYSTEM OF SHIPPING CONTAINER ARCHITECTURE FOR INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY

ATA2020

The fundamental human needs are seen as few and classifiable. It is very known and clear that most of these fundamental needs were constant through all human cultures and across all historical time periods. These needs do not usually change, by time, what changes are the strategies by which these needs are satisfied.

The rapid growth of population in big cities and the lack of spaces to build, not only has raised the building costs and rents but has led to many issues regarding meeting the housing demands as well. In order to meet all these requirements considering here the lack of time and working force, the conventional way of building needs to be updated to a new system which would be faster, more flexible and high-quality.


In Berlin, each year arrive 50,000 new residents, and this means that the city has to provide them with housing, which in numbers mean around 20,000 new residential units every year, but during the year 2017 only 15,500 were built, and this leads to an unexpected increase of housing price. Therefore, this project itself tries to give another possibility to the cities that need to meet all these requirements due to the rapid development in terms of population, rapid expansion and the need to build as fast as possible with a high-quality standard. The thesis has two major purposes (1) to research in urban scale about the “network society”, Urban Growth, as well as globalization as an impact in our lives, (2) To develop a proposal which is a research-based system of prefabricated shipping container homes that would be integrated and possibly contribute to the internal development of Berlin and not only. Based on research about housing issues and the desire of community to have or even design their homes in the way, size and shape they want, an eco-friendly, reuse-based proposal is given. Shipping containers and steel structure are the main reused elements to create this inexpensive, quick, scalable, flexible and adaptive system, which when combined with a palette of mini-living furniture may result in a housing project that would fill the “gaps” in different cities. Additionally, this system is “applied and verified” in a chosen location in a dense district of Berlin.




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