AFFORDABLE HOUSING - State college, pa
Our current forms of housing limit millions of people to the same type of spaces, answering everyone’s varying needs with the same architectural program. But, people’s needs are constantly changing. Family, economy, and population are always fluctuating.
The best way to address affordable, practical housing needs is through adaptability. In nature, nothing can survive without adapting to changing circumstances, and that is what this proposal aims to accomplish through the use of a changing architectural system. By using shared greenhouses and operable homes, spaces can shift to accommodate the owner’s changing needs. The housing system also allows for portions of the home to be partitioned for rental use. This provides potential rental income of up to $25,000 a year. Within this affordable housing infrastructure, the rental income would enable the homeowner to completely pay off their mortgage in eight years.
Concept Analysis - (Click through gallery)
A built-in screen system allows for changes in the home's structure and privacy to accommodate the family's evolving needs. The screens also permit for the division of renters and homeowners within the same main gathering space.
Sustainable Strategies - used to maintain housing cycles and keep energy costs down
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EXTENSION OF THE SYSTEM -
The creation of this system allows for the opportunity to expand beyond the assigned site for this project. With this established system the project can move into other areas of affordable housing such as - Rural, Suburban, Urban, and Emergency housing. In a rural scenario these homes can be delivered to land where crops are in season and when the crops are harvested the houses can be moved back to the owner’s desired location.
The suburban scenario looked at how these areas can be densified by the sharing of certain amenities, while maintaining land size and privacy. The urban scheme looks at creating a parking-deck-like structure that would act as a stacked suburban neighborhood that could be built in any city block. The emergency relief concept aims to provide housing after immediate relief structures, but before the residents are ready to construct another major home.