SmartSpaceT̳M̳ : opportunities for a new real estate product
Author(s)Qiu, Si Yuan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Real Estate. Program in Real Estate Development.
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SmartSpaceTM, or "S2" for short, is a super-efficient, super-cool, super-small studio apartment with many built-in features designed to be built in very high density, prime, city locations. This thesis has two main objectives: 1) explore the design of SmartSpaceTM and recommend changes so that it will better fit the needs of its users; and 2) identify target markets and locations for S2 development. To achieve the first objective, I stayed in an S2 prototype unit for five days and five nights to get the full SmartSpaceTM experience. During my stay, I surveyed 14 graduate students and young professionals to collect their feedback regarding the design of the unit. My S2 experience was generally positive, but the unit felt more like a hotel than an apartment. To live there for a year or more, I recommended among other things, a larger, more functional kitchen, a redesigned bathroom/shower, and a bigger closet. Survey participants had similar and additional detailed feedback. The suggestions were reported to the developer and architect working on S2 so the improvements can be made. To achieve the second objective: 1) historical trends and precedents of small living space were studied; 2) housing representatives at major universities were interviewed about graduate student housing preferences; 3) patterns were identified in the S2 survey results to make conclusions as to what groups of people will most likely be interested in living in S2; and 4) a methodology was created utilizing demographic and rental data to find the most appropriate locations for S2 development.(cont.) Finally, the site where the first S2 building will be built was examined and assessed using the same criteria as those used in the site-selection methodology. The identified users are: graduate students, workers on temporary assignments (interns, traveling nurses, consultants, etc.), and recent movers. The locations found to be best for S2 development are: Financial District, Gramercy, Greenwich Village, and Midtown in Manhattan; Pacific Heights and Western Addition in San Francisco. The development site in Berkeley was found to be a fair location.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Real Estate Development in Conjunction with the Center for Real Estate, 2009.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.In title on title page, double-underscored "TM" appears as superscript. Cataloged from student submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 58-60).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Real Estate. Program in Real Estate Development.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Real Estate. Program in Real Estate Development.