5th-Year Housing Studio:
Throughout the past fifty years efforts to break up the homogenous concentrations of poverty found in housing projects have failed to meet the needs of the urban condition. The modern urban landscape calls for high-density affordable housing while encouraging social diversity and sustainability. This housing development, located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, minimizes construction costs and time by utilizing wood frame structures, walk up units and on-grade parking, achieving a high net-to-gross ratio and allowing for ten different unit types within one low-rise block. The diversity of unit types, both rented and owned, attracts residents of mixed incomes and households, preventing the homogeneity that has isolated public housing in the past.

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