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i dunno

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joshua perez

on 5 May 2010

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... question everything ... react locally ... understand users ... search for solutions ... deploy strategies this design project develops and deploys strategies for residential architecutre within a
traditional neighborhood. current trends of an 'expanding floor area' in American single-family homes, is used as an impetus for investigation and re-discovery of methods to create small space that meets the unique needs and demands of a retiring military family in Manhattan, Kansas.

this project explores issues facing contemporary residential architecture such as: spatial relationships, sustainability, family social dynamics, and also investigates traditional and modern methods of construction, materiality and the nature of thoughtful connection, physical and theoretical, through the processes of design and making. the notion of tradition has often been approached from the perspective of holding onto truths and values of those that preceded us. WHAT IF TRADITION WERE LOOKED AT AS BEING EQUATED WITH STASIS? tradition in this sense has clashed with almost every ideology of modernization. It could be a process of handing down that is as historical and dynamic as any other social process.

perhaps it should be recreated and remodele IS TRADITION FIXED AND UNCHANGEABLE? this notion of tradition in architecture has possibly left us with a lack of respect for the present and future, and has plagued our world with serious consequences. globalization has created an erosion of difference. The plurality and connectedness of our cultures has strengthened our bonds socially and has increased the overall education of the world.

yet due to this homogenization, architecture has perhaps suffered disengagement with the connections of past and present.

the issue at hand, in terms of American single-family housing, seems to be an erosion and deferred concentration on clients' needs and values, along with sustainable approaches to design that may look globally for inspiration, but remain fully attentive to its specific context and place. in order to reach an outcome that is respectful and participates in a holistic search for new dialogues, my focus is primarily placed upon: history
geography
human values
economy
traditions
technology
ecology
cultural life of place percentage of energy usage of all the built environment that housing alone, consumes... military family of four
married 19 years
18 year old son
14 year old son american families come in all sorts and sizes, varying cultures, ethnicities, economic standings and perspectives. The military family epitomizes these chracteristics. The military family has had the long-standing notion of being a nomadic family, one that has replaced the highest importance of doing whats best for the family, with whats best for the military.

these families are subjected to all the normative issues families face, such as paying the bills, searching for adequate child-care, and keeping themselves healthy. Though hidden behind the often tough exterior, military families often participate in life-altering and defining experiences and require specific demands that I hoped to expose and use as opportunities for design solutions. 1. yonger retirement age than civilian counterpart 2. alienation from civilian community and need for integration 3. critical mass of 'stuff' acquired 4. military members comfort with small space and ingenuity 5. heightened sense of security both physically
and visually 6. showcase of achievements 7. need for quality family time
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