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Visibly Invisible

Jeffrey Gyemibi, Johnoy Gordon
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PARASITIC HABITATION FOR UNSHELTERED HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS

We all traverse the built environment with access to various facilities and resources by virtue of our associations and communities. As a result of numerous factors ranging from financial, personal and so forth, individuals find themselves without the aforementioned and are rendered homeless. This population is especially vulnerable in these times because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Our project seeks to enhance the visibility and propose a radical approach for our clients, the invisible 3500 unsheltered homeless individuals (UHI) in New York City as estimated by HUD. The intervention seeks to transform our clients interactions with the built environment in two-fold, firstly, to change their experience of the city as just a layer of facade defined by two-dimensionality to a volumetric  experience defined by three-dimensionality with a parasitic structure serving as a portal to various functions and facilities. Secondly, we propose a locomotive that allows our client to traverse the built environment, making them mobile as they seek assistance from various institutions.

 In response, our approach is to utilize the religious communities/buildings which are facing budget constraints, as a result of the pandemic to host our clients (UHI) throughout the city. The host, in addition to providing core facilities needed by the population to thrive, will also cultivate a sense of community which is a core ingredient lacking in the lives of the 3500 (UHI). As a result of the different networks and facilities offered by the hosts at different locations and times, the pod was created as a replacement for the shopping cart to enhance the health and safety of the UHI while traversing the built environment. 

We envision a post COVID-19 New York City for our clients (UHI) with vibrant ecosystems providing integral skills & facilities.

architecture, interior design
homelessness, covid19
building
USA