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DESIGNhabitat 5: Affordable Urban Housing Solutions for an Aging U.S. Population

In the summer of 2015, the Birmingham Habitat for Humanity affiliate acquired a large parcel in the East Lake neighborhood. The parcel had been the home of the Cascade Plunge, a spring-fed swimming pool that was being redeveloped into single family and multi-family housing by Habitat for Humanity. In the fall of 2015, the Urban Studio students presented the Birmingham HFH affiliate with a range of options for the development of the site.

Following this work, fourth-year architecture students extended research into affordable single family and multi-family housing types suitable for the site. The spring option studio was led by Professor Chrisitan Dagg. The students were organized into teams and were asked to develop a series of designs that addressed the needs of the future homeowners and their ability to age in place.

The Jessie Ball DuPont Fund is the primary sponsor for this research and design project, which will result in an urban housing prototype for aging urban populations. Working closely with the Birmingham Habitat for Humanity affiliate, APLA faculty and students will develop designs for the prototype design which HFH will construct. This year, Auburn faculty and students will design a multi-unit prototype that will be constructed next spring and summer. 

Over three years the initiative will research, design, and realize the construction of a prototype for affordable urban housing for an aging population. 

The student team involved in the spring option studio included Olivia Backer, Sarah Barr, Carley Chastain, Morgan Tate, Savannah Branum, Kelli Crabtree, Alexandria Davis, Chloe Deutschman, Jim Hillin, Hayden Smith, Riley Tart, Monica Fernandez, Cody Franklin, Ben Malaier, Hannah Pope, Dana Smith, Brady Whicker, and Jordan Wood.

The faculty research team included Christian DaggDavid HinsonAlex Krumdieck, and Justin Miller.

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