Join the dots – 100 small ideas for sustainable change

Vacancy and dereliction blight the centres of our towns and villages. Why? Because nobody is thinking about them with imagination as the brilliant spaces they could be... Post-pandemic, people can now work remotely - housing themselves in towns and bringing life back to these amazing instant environments, invigorating existing communities and bringing fresh thinking to our squares and spaces to create a new/old - and better - way of living. We propose to take disused frameworks of habitation and infrastructure, and re-imagine them in innovative ways to help solve our housing shortage by using what we have and making it brilliant for now and the future. We would also be making the best cultural / community spaces for the future at the centre of our towns because those spaces would be inhabited by people – the wall of faces in a theatre - towns are our theatre of the everyday.


The Team

Valerie Mulvin (McCullough Mulvin Architects)

Barry Durkan (Sustainability Advisor)

Graeme Hansell (Fire Safety Engineer)

Paul Guinan (Graphic Design)

Jack Carter (Local Collaborator)


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Eco:Cube – A Modular Living Concept

We need to rethink how housing is designed and developed in response to today’s challenges. Eco:Cube is a modular living concept developed by O’Mahony Pike Architects which provides an alternative housing model to address issues of density, supply, housing quality, low carbon transitioning and future proofing. The concept is based on a simple matrix and fixed grid that utilises a singular, repetitive 3D volumetric module to generate a variety of 1,2-,3- and 4-bedroom homes through a process of stacking and rotation. The interlocking volumes create a solid and void interlace providing in between pockets of outdoor rooms in the form of courtyards and upper roof gardens. The system can produce at scale and to more sustainable densities. For example, 87 identical factory built timber modules can generate a courtyard block at a density of 50 dwellings per hectare while a typical back-to-back model can achieve in excess of 70 dwellings per hectare.


Our proposal 'Home4Community' is quiet yet innovative, radical yet ordinary. The Housing Crisis will not be solved by one new magical idea, it will be solved by a careful assemblage of the things we know already: The means to solve the housing crisis already exists. Homes for people in our society are created through a complex mesh of operations and agencies – The ‘Housing System’. As architects we have existing working relationships with home-owners, developers, building contractors, timber frame manufacturers, housing associations and co-operatives. With these stakeholders we have analysed each part of this system, re-used the functioning pieces, discarded many of the less than useful orthodoxies, added a piece of innovative design in the form of the 'Home4Community' and arrived at a straightforward method to deliver varied, wonderful, and affordable homes in well-designed neighbourhoods.