Meeting with local stakeholders such as Muneer Bahauddeen, a local artist, and Dave Boucher, the owner of Amaranth Bakery and Café, it became clear that one of the goals of this neighborhood moving forward is to foster and grow the artistic community along Lisbon Avenue. While working in the neighborhood this became very clear. It can be felt when attending Alchemy on Lisbon, a live music event at Amaranth following the farmer's market, where artisans vend their homemade goods. Or when traversing the public art garden in the space adjacent to Muneer's art studio and home. This idea took root, of a community where members both live, work and create, and my designs reflect this goal. I developed a plan in which micro housing units and artisanal space can grow incrementally in respect to demand within the neighborhood for working artists, and the spaces in which they create.
I chose to design on the empty lot adjacent to Muneer's Art Studio, and across Lisbon from Amaranth Café. In organizing the site, I split it vertically, with respect to the average width of the storefronts along Lisbon, which granted me four equals zones with which to work. I assigned each zone a category of use, Residential, Private, Artisanal, and Artisanal/Public. Next, I divided the site horizontally, to create lots of equal size. The lot along Lisbon, being of irregular size, would be devoted to public use as an art garden.
MICRO HOUSING DESIGNS
In the plan, micro housing units will face residential 33rd St with private back yard space for residents behind said units. Artisanal space for residents will be built incrementally along the western half of the site, connecting to a public colonnade will run along the alley on the western side of the lot. This colonnade on the alley, will help to connect and tie this development with Amaranth to the south. During markets, the colonnade will beckon patrons along its length, which resident artisans can use to vend their wares. Public access along this colonnade also opens the possibility for community engagement with these artistic spaces. Our Next Generation (ONG), an institution a block away on Lisbon, and resident artisans could instigate programs in which kids come to experience work in the field of the arts.
Along Lisbon, the public space heralds the opportunity to expand Muneer's public art garden across the alleyway. Local artists will have the opportunity to work in collaboration on artistic pieces and projects to bring this garden to life. An emphasis on ecological
The micro housing units are designed for the flexibility of resident's need. The base unit can be occupiable in and of itself, but it offers the freedom for expansion for those who have different needs. The plan is partitioned into two zones; one interior and one exterior. Residents can choose to expand higher with multiple stories above the interior zone, but are also able to expand laterally into the exterior space if they so choose. This typography diagram below shows the limitless possibilities when building off the base unit shown to the right.