Karl William Mauro Nguemah, Mercedes Cooper
Iowa State University
United States of America
Following the COVID-19 eviction and foreclosure crisis, the City of Des Moines received a $100 million federal grant as part of The American Families Plan to… more
Climate and environmental sensitive architectural design. Creating environments that enhance the… more
I really like the deep philosophy behind the project as it relates to the history of the redlining issue. Additionally, I can see that it will offer many benefits such as increased housing supply, affordability etc. The design of the units definitely encourages a sense of community and togetherness.
I commend you on the choice of method of construction being proposed. It is definitely on the cutting edge of 3d printing technology. It would be interesting to see how far away we are from developing that type of technology. I have seen the construction industry trying to get there and I do hope they do.
I would only offer this (just from a practical perspective). If we are not there yet as far as 3D printing is concerned, then this could infer that the cost of the equipment to manufacture these structures could be significantly high. This could have an impact on the final costs of the structures…..but this should not deter you on this approach. If it can indeed reduce the costs then half the battle is won.
Pierre, Thank your for your thoughtful and helpful critique on our design. It is true that with our current way of building this design becomes extremely expensive to build. Still there is hope that in the future our building technique will be capable of building complex design.
Following the COVID-19 eviction and foreclosure crisis, the City of Des Moines received a $100 million federal grant as part of
The American Families Plan to construct Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in previously redlined areas of Des Moines.1 ADUs
offer a variety of benefits to communities. They help increase a community’s housing supply, and since they cost less than a
new single-family home on a separate lot, they are an affordable housing option for many low- and moderate-income residents.
Elderly and/or disabled persons who may want to live close to family members or caregivers, empty nesters, and young adults
just entering the workforce find ADUs convenient and affordable. In addition to increasing the supply of affordable housing,
ADUs benefit homeowners by providing extra income that can assist in mitigating increases in the cost of living.
This studio asks two primary questions:
+ Is 3D printed (additive manufactured) concrete a valid method for constructing housing in Iowa?
+ Can (and should) accessory dwelling units serve as architectural reparations in formerly redlined areas?
Our proposal is a 3D printed facility that showcases the built environment in Des Moines, Iowa revolving around the history of redlining. This facility programs educational and additive manufacturing technology spaces that combat the aftermath of redlining and other racial federal systems. The goal of the project is to continue the reconstruction of African American and African diasporic communities through ADUs( Accessory Dwelling Units) in order to repair legacies of a wealthy culture. While operating in the current system of the economy, we unravel hidden gems through spaces, forms and practices of liberation of the people. As a means of initiating a change in the perspectives of the structured constitution and housing laws.
The facility is a complete 3d printed building. The metal frame and the exterior concrete layer can be 3d printed with the aid of additive manufacturing machines.
The produced 3d printed ADUs ( Accessory Dwelling Units) Would be 3d printed on site with robots that are stored in the Hidden Gem Facility.