My thesis is concerned with the design of a framework for a series of dwellings for social housing in Dundee, in response to the city’s overcrowding crisis observed via the lens of studentification. The aim of my thesis is to determine the basic spatial needs and requirements of modern-day dwellings; and to develop a system of design principles that can provide optimum living conditions within a minimal footprint, via a variety of modules that demonstrate spatial variety within a structural system. Case studies of projects from different countries and times help inform key design principles and strategies that, while studied primarily on the inner city of Dundee in this thesis, have universal applications. To further test these principles and strategies, a site in Kuching, Malaysia is used as the location of a secondary site. With a need for sustainable urban development in key parts of post-industrial Dundee, the scheme aims to showcase a self-sufficient residential area that encourages self-organisation, social interaction, and a culture of shared spaces and functions. A contemporary rethinking of the more traditional row housing typology, the result is a sequence of residential blocks that are punctuated by small gardens and intimate courtyards.