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Digital Finale'

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joshua perez

on 6 May 2010

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... question everything ... react locally ... understand users ... deploy strategies ... search for solutions this design project develops and deploys strategies for residential architecture within a
traditional neighborhood. current trends of an 'expanding floor area' in American single-family homes is used as the 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 the truths and values of those that preceeded us WHAT IF TRADITION WERE LOOKED AT AS BEING EQUATED WITH STATSIS? tradition, in this sense, has clashed with almost every idealogy 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 remodeled 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 client's 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 american families come in all sorts and sizes, varying cultures, ethnicities, economic standings, and perspectives. the military family epitomizes these characteristics. the military family has had the long-standing notion of being a nomadic family, one that has replaced the highest importance of doing what's best for the family, with what's 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 hope to expose and use as opportunities in design solutions. 1. younger retirement age than civilian counterpart 2. alienation from civilian community and a need for
integration 3. critical mass of 'stuff' acquired 4. military members comfort with small space and ingenuity 6. showcase of achievements 5. heightened sense of security both physically and visually 7. need for quality family interaction ... percentage of energy useage of
all the U.S. built environment that housing, alone, consumes... Traditional Neighborhood Overlay 2011 family of four
parents married 19 years
18 year old son
14 year old son ...thanks
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