Research: Fusion Dwelling

Barren lots and abandoned buildings are inherent to city infrastructures; it is vital in such a space starved world to better utilize them to reflect the needs and wants of their surrounding communities. They must transition from secondary problems to primary functions. This can be done in Newark by exploiting the underutilized spaces for their positive attributes. They lend themselves to the implementation of hybrid program systems formulated through the study of a set of model systems. Once the model for a new system in programmatic insertion is established, it will be able to proliferate throughout the city. The fact that these spaces exist throughout the city means that the intervention is able to serve larger areas of need as opposed to isolated sites. Through our study of displacement and vacancy we are interested in establishing new forms of dwelling and recreational spaces that will be more successful than the models currently in place in Newark.

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