Housing is a fundamental human right. Ownership is not. While the economic middle class is being forced out of city centers due to sky-rocketing housing prices, increasingly housing is viewed by the rich as a commodity to invest in, while occupying multi-room private castles . This is obviously problematic and aggravating the housing crisis. To avert this we propose an occupation only policy, where housing can only be owned if all designated living areas are being occupied by the owner. For those who find unable to own housing we propose the universal housing system.Design algorithm can automate this process for construction of the new housing, where space is designated customized to users occupancy.
The way we the architectural profession engages with space making is being continuously challenged due to the crisis at multiple fronts at those of labour, housing shortage and increasing automation.The idea of abode has been commodified and made inaccessible to a large part of the society. It is undeniable that right to home is one of the most basic of human needs. We are then forced to engage with questions of providing quality safe habitable spaces for those who increasingly find themselves unable to sustain in the current neo-liberal paradigm.
Diverging from a deterministic view of architecture, We concede that housing and gentrification are complex issues that require citizens to hold policy makers accountable. With this position we propose data enabled policy changes along with a design proposal. The costs for spaces are split between users and the community, as the initial investment towards the printing farm creates socio-cultural values and help diversify the borough.
Design algorithm can automate this process for construction of the new housing, where space is designated customized to users occupancy.We propose a citizen-driven profit-agnostic framework, enabling long-term space sharing and contracts with diminishing rent-sized payment allowing slow-ownership of the occupied space.
LITH is an amalgamation of multiple structures that work in conjunction. It includes platforms for generation of space, management of space sharing and helping the construction. It also includes automated systems of construction and automated systems for design of spaces.
The robot arm is a permanent fixture for the LITH housing community, it provides firstly the initial construction factory for both form-works and reinforcement and then later functions as a digital artisanal and artistic medium of production of large-scale 3d printed goods.
LITH, utilizes the automated construction system, to print, assemble and cast.This process simplifies the current paradigm for creating form-works, as the production of the end design is linked with the method of production and design of parts.Due to the automated nature of production this process results in massive cost and time saving, accompanied by reduction of human labor required to produce traditional formworks.
During the process of designing form-works, we realized that the simplest and cleanest de-molding procedure occurs when the mold around a single object is split along its seams into 8 parts.
Its bracket and the nozzle are made of aluminum while the heartbreak and gears are stainless steel. Arduino connects the computer with the pins 2 and 3 of the robot to synchronize the extruder motor with the robot’s moves. The bracket is designed for ABB and Kuka robots.The extruder utilizes PETG as its primary printing material.
The printed form-work can be assembled to form a light-weight hollow partition that can be disassembled and reassembled to reconfigure spaces.
The printed form-works are self-supporting and require no additional scaffolding, reducing the production chain of traditional casting methods
LITH utilizes discrete reinforcement bars, which are bent in three distinct orientations and then weld/fastened together to generate a network with higher density rebars existing where additional structure is required. Part of the structure extends out of the mold such that it could be fastened to the next mold. The ends are secured using 3D printed caps. Which can be finished through castin