House loops: Upcycling the single-family house
Van Yarick, Todd Roy
Master of Architecture
The thesis takes the position that the single-family house will soon move into a consumer cycle of disposability similar to that of products like single-use cameras. This analogy suggests a new house type that uses such material and acquisition cycles to its advantage, creating a service loop within it's very production and distribution. The result is an intelligent object that has the ability to recreate itself many times over by cycling its own material components. While following existing HUD guidelines governing their delivery, construction, and removal, these house units would also be mapped with a second (a third, a fourth...) life cycle for each component material. In addition, the building would be tethered to the original manufacturer and destined for resale, to be de-manufactured and upcycled into new house units or new material products at the end of each life.