Civic Rooms for Rent

The work of the Fall 2011 Research Studio at Northeastern University is only a first attempt to uncover the complex industry that designs, manages, and markets civic rooms for rent.

Flood Plain Urbanism

The need for architectural intervention to accommodate environmental changes has become a global priority, as cities struggle to update aging infrastructure. Interventions to protect our cities are of new architectural significance, and are a pivotal factor in imagining the future of the city. For the scope of this research Northeastern University’s School of Architecture has focused on America’s Northeast corridor that lies within FEMA’s designated 100 year flood plain.

Experiments in Public Housing: Vol 1

Public, affordable and subsidized housing, is a topic that has been thoroughly studied and examined. Through careful analysis of mostly local precedents, this study searches for points of departure for innovation within the typology.

Experiments in Public Housing: Appendix

Public, affordable and subsidized housing, is a topic that has been thoroughly studied and examined. Through careful analysis of mostly local precedents, this study searches for points of departure for innovation within the typology.

Urban Energy Systems

The intent of this year-long research and innovation studio is to interrogate the important contexts and systemic operating logics of the production, manufacturing, infrastructure, and performance of architecture as the source for innovation that condition contemporary built environments.

Prefab City

There is a disproportionally high number of prefab buildings (especially residential homes) in rural settings. Our research, therefore, has purposefully limited looking into this well-documented area of prefab in order to explore and eventually identify the challenges that are unique to urban environments.

Live/Work

Live/Work spaces are appearing at an alarming rate throughout the country. While many live/work projects have appeared throughout history, what defines these spaces as live/work today? Our study is divided into three basic parts: definitions, an analysis of the sub-types, and the future of live/work.

Self Storage

The erecting of self-storage facilities, and the evolution of the self storage as a building typology, is one specific to the last century. The initiation of the movement was based on a human need. As the need for storage evolved real-estate developers realized that economic profits available in the industry of storage. Therefore most economic efficient means were utilized in the formation of facilities to cut upfront costs and increase profitability. It if the economics that shape the form of this typology.