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eVolo Housing Competition

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  • The aim of the 2007 eVolo Architecture Competition was to provide new housing ideas that would improve, change, and transform our society. In the wake of the 2007 destruction of the Palestinian refugee camp in Nahr El Bared, this project aims to develop new housing typologies that will serve as a more humane solution to the multiple housing problems that existed in the camp.
    The bombing provided a blank slate, onto which an entirely new system could be developed, but the challenge was maintaining the previous density, due to the very high numbers of inhabitants within a strictly delineated space.
    This proposal draws from the elements in traditional Palestinian tapestries as a template for creating a housing system. Streets, courtyards, vertical circulation, and annexes are all coded and have their own set of guidelines, in order to create an easily expandable system which could be applied across the whole camp.