Breaking out of the static dwelling : redesigning the triple-decker
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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Society's definition of family is continuously evolving, creating a need for urban housing to accommodate an ever-changing variety of household types. By investigating the limitations of the triple-decker, a deeply integrated housing typology in Cambridge, MA, this thesis proposes that the dwelling, and in particular the multi-family dwelling, be re-conceptualized to be more flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of its inhabitants. Adaptability is explored on several time scales: diurnal, seasonal and life stage, so that environmental changes such as varying weather conditions, as well as a household's lifecycle changes, can be accommodated. By designing a system of fixed and transformable components (where the latter are commercially available) one is able to customize and re-customize one's home affordably throughout the lifecycle of a household and also enjoy a closer connection with the outdoors through the daily operability of interior and exterior components. A system that is compatible both with existing triple-deckers and new construction allows for maximum flexibility in its application - a must for a building typology that exists in a variety of conditions. Moreover, a system that allows a family to adjust their home to its current needs will effectively eliminate the costly need to move for reasons related to unit size, and benefit them financially long-term.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2008.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections."February 2008."Includes bibliographical references (p. 100-102).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology