SPACES OF SHELTER AND RECUPERATION
Homelessness is a complex issue and a manifestation of the intersection of policies addressing housing, mental health, domestic violence, racial and gender discrimination, infrastructure, and unemployment.
In 2018, 3,312 people experienced homelessness in Washtenaw County and faced a six to eight week wait list to access emergency housing. The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) is at the center of local partnerships focused on “Ending Homelessness One Person at a Time,” and has offered to participate in a collaborative partnership with this studio.
Initially, the studio studied homelessness at the urban scale and performed spatial analyses at a county scale to identify opportunities for sheltering in under utilized facilities to assist with efforts underway to address a scarcity of winter sheltering.
The second phase of the studio focused on the exploration of recuperative care as related to homelessness and housing. Students worked remotely in teams of three to develop proposals for affordable housing that aimed to address supportive care needs that enhance the degree of success individuals can attain when exiting homelessness. Furthermore, the ambition of the work sought ways to integrate public space and public amenities that could serve the entire community and contribute to broader support for affordable housing projects in our region.
MARÍA ARQUERO DE ALARCÓN + ANA PAULA PIMENTEL WALKER**
EL HADI JAZAIRY**
NICOLAI CARLSON, MEGAN CLEVENGER, SONG GAO
Affordable housing, especially for unhoused people, would not only provide a sheltered and protected living space, but also provide services and support to families experiencing homelessness or are recently homeless. Located in Ann Arbor, this project is proposed as a mid-rise co-housing model focused on modular unit designs. With an emphasis on co-family support, this project includes: after-school activities, education spaces, and shared kitchens, while maintaining places of privacy for single families.