Adapting Lifestyle: The Dwelling
Thurmond, Alana Christine
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With over half the world living in cities there is a need for designing city housing. The DC Office of Planning did a survey on housing that shows a high percentage of 1 to 2-bedroom apartments and shows a lower percentage of 3 to 4-bedroom apartments. Is there a way to design with different housing typologies to accommodate different needs? Mix-use housing and rowhouses are two different housing typologies. Both of these housing typologies are in the fabric of Washington DC. For my thesis I sought out if mix-use housing along with rowhouses could be combined into a design to accommodate peoples changing needs in housing.
General Audience Abstract
In Washington D.C. apartments can be found in each district but the majority of apartments that are designed are one to two bedroom. The intent of this design is to create apartments next to rowhouses. The design is to provide different housing styles to fit within people’s lifespan needs. The lifespan needs can change over time so by designing a variety of housing options a person could live within one design without moving to find a living condition to fit their needs. An example of how people’s needs change over time could be a young couple who grows their family. The addition of children or pets require extra space and additional bedrooms. Once the kids grow up and move out that extra room can become office space or a guest room. If there is a design that can accommodate a variety number of bedrooms then there is no need to move outside the city and leave a community where a family built their life around.
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