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MULTIGEN HOUSING

Credits:
Mitchell Joachim, Christian Hubert,
Nicholas Gervasi

Multigen is an answer to the question
of multigenerational housing. The
project consists of mbile,
configurable housing units or houses
that can alternate between urban
and rural environments.

Multigen will enable generations to
live together, but still preserve
options to move away for any length
of time. Not only will extended
families be able to live together
"under one roof," they will also have
the option of combining their living
units with those of, say, their
grandparents, parents, or children.
These can, in turn, be integrated into
greater settlement patterns, including
cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

Multigen housing is comprised of
fixed and mobile elements, as well as
a variety of architectural types, to
accommodate the changing desires
and lifestyles of multiple generations
living together. In doing so, they are
designed for both intergenerational
continuity and moments of flux:
going off to school, changes in
marital status, retirement travel—all
the forms of making and moving
away from the family nest.
The combination of these semi-
permanent, semi-mobile elements
opens up numerous combinations of
autonomous and communal living
arrangements. The mobile units can
be detached or integrated into the
larger structures. They can range
from readily-available RVs and
trailers to customized modular
homes, complete with their own
power trains and self-contained
support systems.

The environmental footprint of these
informal "neighborhoods" can be
incrementally reduced. The modular
design enables more efficient
technologies to “plug in” to the
building and private vehicle stock.
New sources of power, more efficient
uses of water, and innovative power
train designs can be integrated into
the units, which can be designed for
adaptation to climate change—for
both emergencies and long-term
transformations.

The increased options they afford 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, from a brief holiday to a
permanent separation.
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