Magazine article ASEE Prism

Floating Dorms

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Floating Dorms

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Providing low-cost housing for college students in crowded cities is an ongoing problem. There's not much land available for new builds, and what is available is expensive. In Denmark, for example, each year brings around 64,000 new university admissions, and some 24,000 of them will find themselves scrounging for accommodations. Copenhagen start-up Urban Rigger's solution is to move students offshore and into shipping containers. Well, not ordinary containers. They've been fashioned into rooms with paneled and plastered walls, large windows, and sliding glass doors. The containers are stacked on floating pontoons in the city's harbor. In total, they provide 3,200 square feet of dormitory housing that's both cheap and sustainable. Designed by architects at Bjarke Ingels Group, Urban Rigger is basically a barge. …

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