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The Modular Unit / Housing project for refugees

The Modular Unit
The Modular Unit



This project focuses on providing safe housing for one of the groups most vulnerable to infection with Covid-19 – refugees. At the same time, it sets out to tackle the long-standing problem of urban blight, as a previously functioning city or district collapses into decrepitude. The Modular Unit project seeks a symbiotic solution to both problems by repopulating areas that have functioning infrastructure but a dwindling population. The flexible modular design of the project considers the varying needs of different-sized families.

This modular housing solution aims to provide shelter for refugees, both to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to help regenerate urban districts. It’s a design that seeks to heal the problems of yesterday, mitigate the pandemic today, and sow seeds for healthy the urban communities of tomorrow.
Jury Statement
I felt immense joy and validation upon hearing that I was selected for this award and I immediately shared the news with my mother, who has always been my biggest supporter. I am grateful to my faculty and mentors at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology for expanding my horizons and always pushing me to do my best.
Winner Statement

National Taiwan University of

National Taiwan University of
Science and Technology
Taipei, Taiwan

Sarai Montiel Escandon,
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology