Posted by DennyB on February 27, 2004 at 06:10:57:
In Reply to: homelessness and architecture posted by dermot on February 26, 2004 at 18:33:16:
I'm in 4th year in Dublin, Ireland. Last year we had to design a homeless shelter of the main street in Dublin, O'Connell St. It was actually a pretty interesting project. Unfortunately I couldn't find much info for this project, so I don't really have any references for you.
Obviously homeless occurs most in the poorer areas of large cities, so I approached it with the idea of not only providing the shelter, but also to try and regenerate the area if possible. Homelessness is a problem inour society and the shelters shouldn't be hidden away, the problem needs to be confronted. Homeless people tend to roam around during the day, before finding somewhere to sleep at night, so I tried to create a space that could be used during the daytime too, say as a market, or as market stalls, or for any activity that might bring some more life to the area.
It's a pretty interesting topic and good luck with your study. Dunno if any of the above waffle will be of any help to you but hopefully it will give you somewhere to start...
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