Architecture Program


Date of this Version

May 2005

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M. Arch. thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2005


The project suggests a new typology for the family home and neighborhood, one flexible enough to adapt to the variety of needs a family will encounter. The home should be able to transform alongside the transformations in the family structure. The idea is to design a single-family home constructed of mobile, interlocking and interchangeable “kit-of-parts.” These parts would have the ability to be easily assembled, rearranged, or sold to a neighbor. Development is intended for a site in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The townhouse design uses prefabricated exterior walls, based on a 4’ grid system, which can be arranged to create a variety of housing types. The project design reverses the standard suburban housing mode of an object in the center with open space surrounding. Instead, it proposes building geometries with negative space in the center as “outdoor living” areas and flexible space for future transformations. Mentor: Nate Krug

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