Modular + Housing //WI18

  • 18_WI_501B_McGunagle_Caroline_01
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  • 18_WI_501B_McGunagle_Caroline_03
  • 18_WI_501B_Moussa_Amal_01
  • 18_WI_501B_Moussa_Amal_02
  • 18_WI_501B_Moussa_Amal_03
  • 18_WI_501B_Baatz_Andreas_01
  • 18_WI_501B_Baatz_Andreas_02
  • 18_WI_501B_Baatz_Andreas_03
  • 18_WI_501B_Hook_Michelle_01
  • 18_WI_501B_Hook_Michelle_02
  • 18_WI_501B_Hook_Michelle_03

Course Description

Existing urban infrastructure (transportation, water, open space, services, education, etc.) is stressed by the influx of new residents. Of additional concern in many metropolitan areas is housing affordability. As greater numbers of people seek to live within a limited area, the cost of doing so rises if the supply of housing fails to meet demand. The Seattle metropolitan region is on a trajectory to be among the least affordable places in the country to live.  The area’s demographics are changing. Many single-family homeowners are aging and no longer require as much space as their home provides. The number of families with children as well as families and individuals of color are migrating from within the city limits to surrounding communities due to rising housing costs and are incurring lengthy commute burdens as a result. The city and its environs are shifting away from a community of homeowners to a more balanced mix of homeowners and permanent renters. However, many believe that single-family neighborhood character is essential to the region’s identity and livable future. In response, some call for a focus on the ‘missing middle’, which includes duplexes, accessory dwelling units and detached accessory dwelling units as a means to advance density and housing affordability while preserving single family neighborhood character. Others are proposing quickly deployed, prefabricated dwelling units to house homeless populations on public or church owned land. It is within this context that the studio focused on how architects might engage the mass production of housing and how this process might be applied to neighborhoods in the Seattle metropolitan area.