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.
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.
This case study begins by examining the historical context of the neighborhood in Boston, MA in which the ArtBlock, a development of artist live/work spaces and market rate housing, is sited, known as the South End.