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 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.

Weaving Complexity

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.

Transitions of Trust

This Case study intends to explore the events that led up to the development of the Crosstown Center project at the busy intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. This area is known as a “gateway into Boston” due to direct access from Routes 93 and 90.