Michael Fifield, FAIA, has a housing research grant where he is investigating new alternatives to the suburban housing model of large houses on large lots. Instead, he is looking at the viability of low-rise medium density (attached or semi-attached) housing where each unit has private on-grade outdoor space. There isn’t one housing type intended or preferred at this time, but some form of patio homes, matrix housing, courthouses, townhomes, may be appropriate to consider. If planning to participate, please research any precedents that you think might inform you in your proposals.
As part of his efforts, he would like to invite interested local professionals and UO faculty members to a Saturday workshop/design charrette scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 8AM - 3:00PM in Lawrence Hall. If you think you might be interested, please save the date and contact Michael. Please notify Michael no later than Tuesday, March 29 of your intent to participate so catering can be notified. Ideally teams of 2-4 would be preferred with teams determined in advance, however, individuals are most welcome and teams can be determined at the beginning of the charrette.
The results of Michael’s research will be published in a brochure/monograph and charrette participants acknowledged. Contact Michael for further details about the charrette, firstname.lastname@example.org.