A competition to build a house for the homeless

by Paola Battista - 2015.04.22
A competition to build a house for the homeless
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A house covering 45m², which is easy to assemble, portable, cheap and designed as temporary accommodation for people of no fixed abode. This was the idea behind 'Maison des jours meilleurs' (House for the best days), which was conceived but never realised in 1956, by the French architect Jean Prouvé and Abbott Pierre. The housing unit was decidedly revolutionary and aimed to do something about the poor state of French housing, which is currently in crisis, with innovative urban designs. Now the architectural competition 'Mini Maousse' has decided to dust off this idea, dedicating its sixth edition to the design of emergency accommodation for homeless families. Candidates face a clear challenge: to come up with a dignified home, which is both flexible and realistic, and able to meet the actual needs of 3.5 million homeless people in France, as well as being easily replicable in other countries. The house must be assembled, of course, with due consideration for the environment.

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