RETROFITTING THE AMERICAN DREAM

UPLAND, CALIFORNIA

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ABOUT THE PROJECT:

Project Type: Research 

Year Designed: 2012

Location: Upland, California, USA

Status: Research/Concept

 

CREDITS:

Project Designer: Artur Nesterenko

Project Leader: Berenika Boberska

 

AWARDS:

Best Thesis Project 2012

 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The 2007 market crash forced a relocation of suburban housing into a high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of the center city and inner suburbs. This created a profound structural shift – a reversal of what took place in the 1950s, when drivable suburbs boomed and flourished as center cities emptied and withered. The fact that the land under the house has no value and the houses are worth less than they would cost to be replaced, creates a big possibility that many fringe suburbs will turn into waste lands, with abandoned houses and a rising crime rate.

This crash once again gives tremendous opportunity and draws the attention of the architects into the suburbs. It reminds us that we should no longer be worrying about how we are going to design communities in the future, but what we are going to do with the communities that we are left with. Instead of demolishing an abandoned neighborhood, I am proposing to deconstruct and re-purpose the remains of abandoned houses into a new construction tool according to the client’s needs and interests. The idea is to use the fabric of a failed neighborhood as a form work to construct a new type of housing with injected shared spaces and public structures. The rafters of single detached houses, the floor joists, the studs, pipes, details and the house itself with all of the structural elements will be re-used as form work to retrofit the American Dream.


Inventor's House

Inventor's House

 
Inventor's House Section

Inventor's House Section

 
Inventor's House Floor Plan

Inventor's House Floor Plan

 
Astronomer's House

Astronomer's House

 
Baker's House

Baker's House

 
Baker's House Section

Baker's House Section

 
Pipe Garden

Pipe Garden

 
Pipe Garden Physical Model

Pipe Garden Physical Model

 
Site Plan Physical Model

Site Plan Physical Model

 
Site Plan Physical Model

Site Plan Physical Model

 
Study Model

Study Model

 
Study Model

Study Model

 
Study Model

Study Model

 
Physical Model Montage 

Physical Model Montage 

 
Site Plan and Population Diagram

Site Plan and Population Diagram