RETROFITTING THE AMERICAN DREAM
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The 2007 market crash forced a relocation of suburban housing into a high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of the center city and inner … Read More
The 2007 market crash forced a relocation of suburban housing into a high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of the center city and inner suburbs. This created a profound structural shift – a reversal of what took place in the 1950s, when drivable suburbs boomed and flourished as center cities emptied and withered. The fact that the land under the house has no value and the houses are worth less than they would cost to be replaced, creates a big possibility that many fringe suburbs will turn into waste lands, with abandoned houses and a rising crime rate. This crash once again gives tremendous opportunity and draws the attention of the architects into the suburbs. It reminds us that we should no longer be worrying about how we are going to design communities in the future, but what we are going to do with the communities that we are left with. Instead of demolishing an abandoned neighborhood, I am proposing to deconstruct and repurpose the remains of ruins into a new construction tool. The idea is to use the fabric of a failed neighborhood as a formwork to construct a new type of housing with injected shared spaces and public structures. The rafters of single detached houses, the floor joists, the studs, pipes, details and the house itself with all of the structural elements will be re-used as formwork to retrofit the American Dream. Read Less
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Retrofitting The American Dream
 The 2007 market crash forced a relocation of suburban housing into a high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of the center city and inner suburbs. This created a profound structural shift – a reversal of what took place in the 1950s, when drivable suburbs boomed and flourished as center cities emptied and withered. The fact that the land under the house has no value and the houses are worth less than they would cost to be replaced, creates a big possibility that many fringe suburbs will turn into waste lands, with abandoned houses and a rising crime rate.

This crash once again gives tremendous opportunity and draws the attention of the architects into the suburbs. It reminds us that we should no longer be worrying about how we are going to design communities in the future, but what we are going to do with the communities that we are left with. Instead of demolishing an abandoned neighborhood, I am proposing to deconstruct and re-purpose the remains of abandoned houses into a new construction tool according to the client’s needs and interests. The idea is to use the fabric of a failed neighborhood as a form work to construct a new type of housing with injected shared spaces and public structures. The rafters of single detached houses, the floor joists, the studs, pipes, details and the house itself with all of the structural elements will be re-used as form work to retrofit the American Dream.


I decided to create imaginary clients with different professions that would be interested in buying  abandoned houses to deconstruct and redesign to create new houses according to client needs.

Clients:
Inventor
Baker
Astronomer

Street View
Inventor's House
Inventor's Section
Inventor's Floor Plan
Inventor's Section 3D
Astronomer's House and Lab
Baker's House
Baker's Section
Pipe Garden was created using existing pipes and re-used materials from the old houses
Neighborhood map with bank owned houses today.
Hybrid drawing of existing house
Study Model
Astronomer's Lab Physical Model
Astronomer's Lab Physical Model
Pipe Garden Physical Model
Study Model. Cast concrete with wires and pipes.
Study Model. Solid wood with embedded lead metal
Study Model. Found mechanical object with concrete going through it.
site model our of solid wood. Used hand router to carved in the topos...
me and my work =)