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GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES OF AFFORDABLE
URBAN HOUSING

With the overall goal of informing and improving the affordable housing model in Malaysia, the study of Global Best Practices of Affordable Urban Housing, is a comprehensive, on-going research project that serves to investigate the innovative and creative architecture’s ability to enhance quality and affordability in housing as well as demonstrate the unrealised potential of affordable housing solutions.

Building on the foundation of the research done by Endeavour Land Sdn. Bhd. Founder and Managing Director, Datuk Dr. Ar. Ravin Ponniah related to his PhD on affordable housing in Malaysia, carried out at University of Cambridge, Endeavour Land Sdn. Bhd. is currently doing an advanced case study on housing typologies and design solutions based on 101 affordable housing projects from all over the world, that can contribute to improving the quality of life and reducing cost of living for residents. So far the project has sent us on field studies around the world which will eventually conclude with an article series and the publishing of a book offering insight into the possibilities of the implementation of high quality affordable housing.

Watch the videos below to catch a glimpse of the places we have been and the research conducted so far.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN

TINGGÅRDEN – HERFØLGE, DENMARK

BEST PRACTICES

  • Range of community houses and shared spaces to enable and nurture community (Sociability)
  • Flexible unit layout with add-on rooms (Flexibility in layouts)
  • Planned and designed through participatory processes involving the future tenants (Participatory design process)

SKYVILLE @ DAWSON – SINGAPORE

BEST PRACTICES

  • Community and cohesiveness in a high-rise and high density project (Community)
  • Sustainability through natural ventilation, solar energy and rainwater harvesting (Sustainability)
  • Variety and human scale in a highly repetitive, fully precast and prefabricated design (Variety)
  • Column- and beam-free homes offering flexible layout configurations (Flexibility)

SKYVILLE @ DAWSON – SINGAPORE

PUUKUOKKA HOUSING BLOCK – JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND

BEST PRACTICES

  • High-rise building composed of prefabricated cubical CLT modules (Modular prefabricated construction)
  • Built from affordable, highly insulating, energy efficient materials (Energy efficient)
  • The usage of wood carries adds quality and warmth as well as good acoustic performance to the living spaces (Quality and warmth)
OTHER BEST PRACTICE PROJECTS

SHINOME CANAL COURT – TOKYO, JAPAN

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BEST PRACTICES

  • The units in this Japanese housing development are equipped with so called “neutral” zones that can be transformed into everything from office, hobby space or nursery. The apartments have open floor plans and can be altered with folding partitions
  • Public and commercial spaces seamlessly incorporated within the housing development
  • Access to vibrant and quality common and public areas of high quality that have a variety of functions

SHINOME CANAL COURT – TOKYO, JAPAN

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SNABBA HUS – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

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BEST PRACTICES

  • Modular construction to optimize cost in construction
  • Cuts construction time by 2/3 of normal construction
  • The model is removable and can be assembled and dismantled 2-3 times.

SOUTH LINCOLN HOMES MARIPOSA - DENVER, USA

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BEST PRACTICES

  • Prioritization of actual physical space for communal activities is the master plan.
  • Enables community enterprises such as;
    • A local farmers market.
    • A youth culinary academy.
    • Art programs and a nonprofit community bike shop.

SOUTH LINCOLN HOMES MARIPOSA - DENVER, USA

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PINNACLE@DUXTON - SINGAPORE

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BEST PRACTICES

  • Potential downsides to the very high-rise and high-density design are mitigated through a plentitude of facilities and amenities
  • Features the world's two longest sky gardens
  • Walls within are made of lightweight concrete which allows residents to easily remove and reconfigure the layout of their apartment
For more information on the remaining 95 best practice projects contact Maya at maya@endeavourland.com

RESEARCH PROJECTS

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