2018 THE VIRGINIA ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE

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PERMEABILITY

Athena Loi | ARCH 2020 | Spring 2016

Suburbia, as a sprawling phenomenon in the U.S. and globally, needs to be re-addressed in order to bring out the rooted utopian dream in suburban housing.

 

We studied a nearby suburban neighborhood in Preston Ave, Charlottesville, and attempted to bring in a new housing type: collective housing shares between locals and university students, in order to create a new communal environment for the area.


The design, inspired by impenetrable boundaries between commercial and residential districts, and between neighbors, embraces varying levels of permeability that will cater unexpected activities to diverse users. As a private housing project, this de