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Jessie Ball DuPont Grant Funds DESIGNhabitat 5 Work

Jessie Ball Dupont Grant

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

The Urban Studio is embarking on a new Design for Health Initiative that will unite the capabilities of design professionals and healthcare practitioners to address health issues for the greater Birmingham area. 

Generously funded by the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, the first project in the Design for Health initiative will involve faculty and students in the DESIGNhabitat 5 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. The first phase of the three year project is currently underway.

This fall Urban Studio Director, Alex Krumdieck is leading the Urban Studio collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Birmingham to assess the viability of potential sites and to study the topic of affordable urban dwelling in Birmingham. Currently the studio is developing plans for the development of the Cascade Plunge into a site for urban HFH single family and multi family homes.

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

The faculty research team included, Justin Miller, David Hinson, Alex Krumdieck, and Christian Dagg.