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Integral Cellular Design in Low-Income Housing


by Steven Plzak



The high-rise towers of the original Chicago public housing developments evoked a sense of isolation and distance from the residential aspects of the urban community.


Buildings, like those at Stateway Gardens, eventually failed due to a lack of integration into the surrounding neighborhood.




By analyzing the integral living qualities of the urban apartment flat, new regional; housing forms can emerge.



Through the use of component multiplicity and controlled variation, individual living spaces can be reduced down to their most basis forms.





These essential components when considered individually can be re-configured to change the operation of the urban living condition, creating new relationships focused on pedestrian interaction and residential growth. Here are the pictures of a model of my design for such a public housing development.
Photos by Steven Plzak