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Manufacturing Density

Author(s) Jillian DeCoursey
Date Posted April 26, 2010 11:02 PM
Program M. Arch
Instructor Swackhamer

My prefab housing factory design responds to a scenario in which Minneapolis institutes an urban growth boundary, creating the financial incentive for existing suburbs to develop. The factory I designed specializes in producing modular homes for suburban sites. The facility also includes a research center dedicated to the study of suburban densification.
The dialog between research center and factory developed into a question of how to integrate industrial and human scaled spaces into one building. Structural and material choices, and topographic manipulation were intended to clarify the relationship of each type of space to the other as well as to the surrounding site.