Inter-generational housing is an opportunity to explore a new typology of urban development, one that actively learns from and engages with the contemporary city and its pluralistic architecture and urbanism. An ageing population and the increase in life expectancy is set to impact both local and global populations, and is no longer solely limited to demographics but central to the wider debate around social inclusion, employment, economics, education and health. As a nexus of housing types: senior, single family, student and rental properties, the project attempts to intensify the tensions, complexities and adjacencies of social interactions. Through inserting multiple types of urban residences the project illustrates the intrinsic forces and characteristics of the collective, celebrating its regularity and contrast.
Overall, the project prototypes urban form, articulating a clear architectural position through testing social interactions and demographic interplays at multiple resolutions and scales.The vitality of the urbanism thus produced, has the ability to stimulate its own feedback loops and adapt to the circumstantial.
Awarded third place, in an international ideas design competition for inter-generational living Center for Public Interest Design, University of Portland