A New Generation2: The Improper Appropriation of the Modern Housing Market in Today’s Society, Taking a Look at a New Generation’s Necessities and Ambitions
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In many cities throughout the USA, recent graduates have to deal with increasing rent prices with a very limited income. Standard apartment buildings and other types of dwellings are fairly standard with space and cost. Generally speaking, many residents only use their rental units for <12 hours/day, for the rest of the day that unit sits empty. So why not look at alternative solutions? Recent graduates may not desire a lot of space/ higher rent, and rather save money by living farther from the city center. But why not find an alternative solution and develop a space of co-community living in a more prime location? Rent costs can be cut by lowering the amount of rentable square footage per private unit with an off-balance of increased amenity spaces and shared spaces. And thus, the research was started. During this thesis research, I looked at alternative means of living in order to create a closer sense of community as well as cut down on rent costs. The proposal calls for a mixed use prefabricated residential development in downtown Nashville. By creating more means of mixed use, the site gains use throughout the day, increasing its value despite the lower cost of rent.