The United States is at a developmental turning point in how it grows, responds to the housing needs of its existing citizens, and utilizes its existing infrastructure. Since 1945, population has doubled, however land use has increased by nearly 400%. This indicates that we are developing at lower densities, which have been shown to increase the environmental, social, and economic costs of development due to infrastructure construction, operations and maintenance, transportation use, and lifestyle.
Jacksonville, Florida is spatially the largest city in the USA, and most populated in Florida. Due to the wide array of foreclosed and vacant houses in nearly every suburban community within the city, this thesis explores how adaptive reuse projects can use these lots to increase density, unit variety, and limit new infrastructure construction. This framework will then be made into a comprehensive design for a community housing building fitting into the context of a suburban neighborhood.
This thesis demonstrates how a designer can utilize the top down and bottom up organizational methods to help attain a more complete understanding of context and overall goal project goals. By condensing large scale sustainability goals into measurable outcomes, and understanding how the specific context will respond to implementation, sustainability can be realized with appropriate design.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
City planning--Florida--Jacksonville; Suburbs--Florida--Jacksonville; Buildings--Remodeling for other use--Florida--Jacksonville; Sustainable architecture--Florida--Jacksonville
Department, Program, or Center
Reynolds, James Robert II, "Meeting in the middle: Organizing sustainability goals To redevelop Jacksonville, Florida suburbs" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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