|Re: higher density cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: nanderso (nandersoiastate.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 07:21:46 -0800 (PST)|
Dear Lion, I've been following this discussion and am finding it really interesting. I am currently teaching a third year undergraduate architecture studio at Iowa State that is designing a midrise housing project in lower Manhattan. Because I felt it was critical for students to address not just the physical but also the social aspects of housing, I decided to format the project as a co-housing community. We have just completed a series of programming, concept, and context investigations and are moving into the articulation of structure, plans, etc. One of the most important things that has come out of the initial investigations is the idea that a typical repetitive floorplan may not work well to create a sense of community but that not doing this will create planning and building difficulties. Various ideas have been proposed, one of the more interesting being the creation of a hierarchy of community spaces in which larger facilities for the entire complex would occur in one location, scattered throughout the building, and smaller "neighborhood" spaces would occur more frequently. Also, interspersing exterior terraces and gardens seems like a promising strategy that can also incorporate green roof and water management sustainable technologies (another studio focus). One parameter that I did specify for the studio was a maximum of 35 units of various configurations. The site is 100' x 125' and the max. buildable area is 62,500 s.f. so the project is smaller than yours. The site could hold about 50 units, so the net-gross ratio is different from a typical condo building, assuming the common spaces are included as part of the gross calculation. This might not work from a development point of view but I think is critical to the co-housing concept. Also, combining circulation and common spaces works with this. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in further discussion, Nadia Nadia M. Anderson Lecturer, Department of Architecture Iowa State University 156 College of Design Ames, Iowa 50011 P: 515-294-0339 E: nanderso [at] iastate.edu
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