To cope with the 7.1 million internally displaced refugees, Ukrainian architects have devised a project to resettle people who have fled their homes. These modular accommodations, easy to build and deployable on any type of terrain, can accommodate up to 8,000 people, depending on the area.
The Ukrainian architectural firm Balbek Bureau envisioned a rapid response to the humanitarian crisis the country is experiencing with the war. Today, just over 12 million Ukrainians have had to flee their homes since February 24, 2022, according to UN information, more than half of them in the country.
The architects of Balbek Bureau have designed a system of modular and temporary housing “RE:Ukraine” to provide decent housing for the millions of displaced persons. The system adapts to different types of terrain, terrain shapes or population density.
“The aim of the project is to preserve a dignified way of life for people who have been displaced from their homes. The system is designed to be implemented in a short time: residents can move to the city within 2-3 months from the start of construction.”
Slava Balbek, architect and founder of the architectural firm
Based on 6.6 meters by 3.3 meters, the module can accommodate private bedrooms, communal kitchens or even sanitary facilities. These modules are grouped and can gradually form residential areas. According to the cabinet, these settlements can accommodate more than 8,000 people.
Since 2015, 5 such projects have been implemented in Ukraine, such as in Kharkiv, where the residential area reaches an area of 3,060 square meters.
With the war, the initiative gained momentum among elected officials, companies and architects. Some of them are ready to start production. In addition, the system could be extended to other areas of the world that also need it.
(ETX Daily Up)