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Reeh, Chris. "Generative Suburban Frameworks: Emerging Architect-Guided Optimization Workflows Within Suburban Mass Production" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019


A Design Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The College of Architecture at The University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor: David Newton. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2019

Copyright 2019 Chris Reeh


The mass production of single-family housing has led to a number of overlooked design problems, including enormous physical footprints, subpar construction, and hastily installed infrastructure (Florida 2017). The continued growth of this development strategy has decreased the disparity of the building type, which also undergoes far less design consideration than other building typologies. Solutions to these issues have been oriented around concepts of modular construction and prefabricated elements. These ideas have typically remained in conceptual design stages, and when actualized they tend to lack the simplicity, speed, or cost of current residential construction practices. Additionally, several of these approaches could benefit from incorporating multi-objective optimization strategies as well as increasing the involvement of architects to improve design exploration and development. This thesis explores emerging architect-guided optimization processes and their capabilities within suburban mass production, to create an algorithmic workflow that introduces a unique role of the architect and affords current construction speed coupled with design considerations that have been absent in normative residential design.

Advisor: David Newton