Accra, Ghana is faced with both a housing crisis and housing opportunity. This proposal for the housing shortage in Accra, Ghana, and is intended as a prototype small house for temperate climates. It is also an exploration of an ancient housing typology - the courtyard house - that is as relevant today as ever.The present and future success of Accra lies in it's urbanity - the ability of it's citizens to live and work together as a community in close proximity. Therefore, this is an urban scheme - an urban courtyard house. It proposes an urban planning solution by building the houses up to the lot lines without setbacks. The urban courtyard house celebrates the traditional courtyard house typology as the most responsible use of land and the most communal form of living. The urban courtyard house encourages neighborly interaction through close proximity to the street and fosters efficient land use by sharing the adjoining lot line - all while ensuring privacy by focusing the internal life of the house around the courtyard. The building of the courtyard house will be a community event. Beginning with robust rammed earth walls, followed by pre-cast concrete elements and wood framing, and finally the hanging of the wall panels, the erection of each house will be a testament to the strength and perseverance of community and will foster cooperative and enduring relationships.