Synthesis: Middle ground in New York City housing
Butler, Edward Rhett
Master of Architecture
Traditional urban moderate income multifamily housing in the City of New York has failed to provide its inhabitants with an acceptable living environment. That environment being defined as an adequate condition of middle ground, or shared space, that space between the house and the street, both internal and external to the community at large, as well as space supportive of the individual in today's society. The objective of this thesis is threefold. The first, to evaluate the historical and existing precedents of middle ground in moderate income multi-family housing located within the City of New York, the second, to analyze the successes and failures of these housing typologies, and the third, to focus on the challenge of finding appropriate design principles for its making. In short, this thesis is on the history, design and making of an urban middle ground in moderate income multi-family housing.
Architecture; Sociology; Public & social welfare; Urban planning; Regional planning