Research Mentor(s): De Yi, Lecturer/Research Fellow
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 4 (2pm-2:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 15
Despite the growing field of architecture, single room occupancy housing in specifically, has not been adjusting to the changing needs of society in affordability, adaptability, and changing demographics. Housing needs to be seen by the perspective of a designer, sociologist, and policy maker all at once and addressed in its complexity. This project re-imagined New Hope Housing in Houston, Texas to more appropriately serve its residents in a series of 3D models of 20 different housing structures. An analysis of the pre-existing environment offered further conversation on what affordable housing can look like when reimagining the intersection of social justice, policy, financing, and construction to provide housing access for all. The study was able to create 20 3D models, using Rhino 3D, and showcase them to a wider audience through a newly developed interactive website and social media page. We interviewed architects whose work surrounds housing, to further include them in the conversation of affordable housing efforts. These models add depth to our understanding of housing and explores the possibilities within housing that not only makes a person’s home affordable, but also livable. There is a widening gap between architectural innovation and residential design that needs to be addressed to meet the needs of a demanding and evolving society and this project will contribute to the future research on this topic.