The work contained within this publication is drawn from the Spring 2010 Northeastern University School of Architecture ARCH 5120 Comprehensive Design Studio. All work was produced by fifth year architecture students, for whom the focus of the semester was future use building prototypes that re adaptable to different site conditions and programmatic requirements.
The work contained within this publication is drawn from the Fall 2009 Northeastern University School of Architecture ARCH 5110 Housing and Aggregation Studio. All work was produced by fifth year architecture students, for whom the focus of the semester was infill courtyard housing in metropolitan Boston.
Northeastern University School of Architecture housing studio focuses on a different type of housing every year, from courtyard housing to high-rise multi-family buildings. In this particular housing studio, students focused on reinterpreting the rowhouse for modern urban life.
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.
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.
This book is divided into three main sections: guest, services, and design, each of which has subcategories. These include Amenities, Guest Sequence, Back of House, Service Sequence, Configuration, and Rooms and Style. Each of these subcategories has been thoroughly researched and a series of “packages” or collections of commonly paired hotel options are defined in each chapter.
In the not so distant past, the rise of the shopping mall captured retail and pulled it into the suburbs where rent was lower and automobiles were prevalent. This make the shopping mall the de facto standard for retail. In more recent years, retail has returned to the city center making the urban experience dependent on the retail experience. The city provides the individual store more opportunities to make a sale; there is more money per square foot due to the density and also more pedestrian traffic, aka window shopping.