Architecture Student Exhibit on Homelessness Opens Dec. 2 at Project HOME

Architecture students created designs for homeless assistance center for Project HOME in Philadelphia.

An exhibit of work by architecture students who were charged with coming up with solutions to homelessness opens Friday, Dec. 2, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Project HOME in Philadelphia. 

The exhibit, titled “Less.Home.Less,” includes student work from two Design 10 architecture studios from last spring. For one class, students developed plans for a homeless assistance center. The other course was the Housing for Haiti studio taught by faculty members Bob Busser and Ivano D’Angella.

PhilaU students developed housing options for Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

The fifth-year architecture students were charged with designing a homeless assistance center in Philadelphia and developing housing options for Haiti, where an earthquake in 2010 displaced up to two million people. The projects allowed them to explore “the socio-political condition of architecture,” said David Kratzer, associate professor of architecture, who taught one of the studios.

Students had to propose sites, develop specific architectural programs and generate design proposals, Kratzer said. Research for the homelessness project included studio presentations, visits to existing homeless shelters and social facilities, and tours of Philadelphia’s Center City and West Kensington neighborhoods. Students had to consider such issues as hunger, poverty and employment, as well as housing.

The exhibit, which will be open to the public through Dec. 20, includes student design project boards, drawings, photographs and character sketches, as well as artwork by residents of Project HOME, the largest private homeless housing agency in Philadelphia.

Project HOME is located at 1515 Fairmount Ave., in Philadelphia. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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