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MULTIGEN freedom
Multi-generational housing for
America

Credit: Mitchell Joachim, Christian
Hubert, Nicholas Gervasi

Multigen housing addresses the
contradictory requirements of
enabling several generations of a
single family to live together, while
recognizing the desire for mobility as
part of changing family relationships.
Multigen components can be
integrated into different settlement
patterns, including cities, suburbs,
and rural areas. They include both
fixed and mobile elements, as well as
a variety of architectural types and
styles. These accommodate the
different and changing desires and
lifestyles of multiple generations
living together.

Combinations of fixed and mobile
elements provide a variety of options
for both autonomy and community in
multi-generational housing. The
mobile units can be detached or
integrated into the larger structures.
They can range from readily-
available RV’s and trailers to
customized modular homes with
power trains. This flexibility will
enable generations to live together,
but still preserve options to move
away for any length of time. The
increased options will allow for a
semi-nomadic social life, that
responds to both intergenerational
affinities and conflicts. The mobile
elements can also be designed to
function for a variety of time or
distance requirements – based on
efficiency and need – from going on
an errand to relocating to another
part of the country.
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