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Project Abstract

This project is about myself (a student/young professional) and the search for a new house after my graduation, because the housing availability (in the city) at the moment is extremely low. The goal of building one million homes before 2030 will not be reached if we continue to build new buildings the way we currently do. We need to build different, faster, and overall more sustainable because at the moment we create buildings with materials that have a linear lifespan. Waste should be considered as a raw material in the building process, because huge amounts of organic waste are disposed every year as landfill or for incineration, while they can also be transformed into 3D printable bioplastics. This introduction of robotics/3D printers at the construction site is a big step forward in making both affordable and sustainable homes.

In order to give students/young professionals a place to live in the city, this project investigates the placement of housing units on unusual spots, as a form of parasitic architecture. This type of architecture is shaped on the characteristics of the target group. Some of these characteristics are living close to a transportation hub, the need of other people being close by and that they don't have a lot of personal belongings. It is therefore a very good idea to construct tiny houses for these people that house different types of students/young professionals where they can meet, but also be private. A 3D printer gives the architects a vast number of new opportunities to experiment for an architectural composition, specifically with tiny houses. This architectural composition should be created parametrically, so every empty unused spot in the city can benefit from the design of the tiny house buildings and their occupants.