During this stage, all twelve students were developing our own designs. Prior to schematic design, we gathered information about both the Ogden and Manhattan site. This stage helped us gain an understanding of how to design an affordable home that’s energy efficient. Our studio was divided into two groups.
A group of four students were tasked with designing 8-14 units that would be located in Manhattan. These homes were two bedroom layouts and approximately 1,000 square feet. The biggest challenge was working with the site conditions. The site had a very steep slope towards the east side that would require more dirt to fill it in. Even though our site created a challenge, it also allowed us to create unique outdoor spaces to encourage more community engagement. This made the connection to the outdoors an important factor.
The remainder of the class developed designs for the Ogden location. This was one home that would be a two or three bedroom layout and 1,200 square feet. Currently there are not many energy efficient homes in Ogden, especially ones that are affordable. This is contributing to the housing shortage. There was previously a home on this site, and currently there is a basement still sitting there. A challenge that this site creates is how to build around that basement as the soil would not be able to handle the loads of the house.
During this time, we presented our proposals to other APDesign professors, members of Habitat for Humanity, and Donna Schenck-Hamlin. Based on their recommendations, we continued to revise our designs and further developed our knowledge.