Author(s): Jason F. Carlow
The research and design work presented in this paper was organized and conducted through an advanced design studio at the Department of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. The premise of the studio was to create new housing units specifically designed for low income workers who are not eligible for corporate worker housing in the UAE and not permitted to live in family designated residential districts. These low income workers often struggle to find affordable housing within the industrial zones of the rapidly growing urban metropolis surrounding Dubai. A key design research question asked how housing could be built on spatially confined sites within an industrial zone and provide not only secure and healthful shelter for the residents, but programs and amenities that build a sense of community as well.
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