Building upon both research and models explored in a previous senior housing IPRO project in fall 2017, this IPRO project will further investigate resiliency and self-sufficiency as a feasible living model for all ages and all users – with a focus on independent living.
Just as no one who is in any way disabled is especially interested in necessarily being dependent on others, this class explores what true resiliency and independence might mean for current and future generations in our culture. Additionally, senior housing may be a basis and or point of departure that this class may explore, perhaps design and build models for a type of intentional housing for intergenerational and interdisciplinary populations. What this might look like is researching and designing new prototypical housing, perhaps uniting productivity with domesticity as a source for mining resiliency. One example of this may be creating fully functional food growing and processing (“home” canning) into truly marketable residential designs that are also fully accessible.
Another example is to build on the emergent urban planning model of an Agrihood, where farming and food production are the center of a community. This model could be applied to food production and preparation as the center of a residence or a small group of residences (in both urban and sub-urban modalities).
The purpose of this IPRO experience is to create truly innovative prototypes through designing living arrangements that offer interesting areas of convergence across the values and principles of resiliency and self-sufficiency, and celebrate diversity, regardless of physical, cultural or any other orientation.