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Jul 20, 2014 1:49 AM by NBC News

Brazil's World Cup stadiums re-imagined as housing units

BRAZIL- After seven years of planning and 31 days of competition, the most expensive soccer tournament in history - likely to exceed $14 billion when all the bills come in - is over in Brazil. For much of the infrastructure built up across the country, the question is: What now?

For a country with an estimated shortage of 5.2 million homes, could the massive new stadiums built around the country be transformed into housing? For Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, architects based in France and Chile, the idea is worth considering.

The collaborators, part of the whimsical 1Week1Project, have a mission to solve global problems using unique (and occasionally far-fetched) architecture. They're the same guys who designed a hypothetical halo-shaped retirement home for Pope Benedict XVI back in 2013.

Their newest idea imagines building tiny, affordable modular housing units inside World Cup stadiums, leaving the playing fields for locals to enjoy and for events in the future. Like the duo's other projects, the design is purely conceptual, an intended thought experiment that will likely never get built.

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