Racial Manual(s) for American Wealth

In America, wealth is captured by homeownership, this was the case for many white Americans but not for African Americans. Following the Great Depression, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was created to insure home mortgages and played a major role in the restructuring of the home mortgage system. The FHA published the Underwriting manual of 1936 which was a set of optional guidelines that created a strict process to determine the eligibility of mortgage insurance. The process notably discriminated against African Americans and is the dominant factor in the cause of the racial divide within homeownership.
This research visualizes the language and classification systems found in the Federal Housing Administration Underwriting Manual of 1936. Both Language and classification systems deliberately influenced segregation in american cities.
Dakota Mathews-Schmidt and Mahmoud Sadek > link

Accessible Elevators and Existing University BuildingsUsing timelines at multiple scales, this research explores the evolution of elevator accessibility standards resulting from governmental acts, such as ABA and ADA, and the effect they have on design strategies that seek the continued operations of existing university buildings. The resulting primary strategy being the addition or relocation of vertical circulation cores to meet the most recent accessibility code and/or standard.
Kyle Kueper > link

Political Prefabrication

This research uses the study of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in conjunction with housing policy and procedural changes enacted by Congress to examine the failure of the Lustron Corporation, revealing multiple scales of issues that plagued the prefabricated housing industry.

Noah Marsh > link

American Systems-Built Contracts

The *architectural agreement* or contract, often overlooked, can provide both historical and political elements that determine the success or failure of a project. The American System-Built House’s contracts and agreements between The Richards Company and their dealers provides two primary scopes that elude to the failure of the precutting system designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Stuart Plimpton and Tyson Vogt > link

Miami Beach Art Deco

The purpose of this study is to examine the links between the tourism economy,the influxes of LGBT and Cubans, and the historical preservation of Miami Beach’s Art Deco Distric through the usage of postcards, historical photographs, newspaper articles, and a created connection map.

This will be used to determine how new construction like the
Raleigh renovation addresses the Guidelines of Rehabilitation
and its potential effects on the tourist-driven culture of Miami Beach.
Jacob Fleming > link

Prairie Town Homes 
Housing proposals for the Ladies’ Home Journal from 1895 to 1901 published by architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright and his “A Home In a Prairie Town”, will be explored through the “home’s” function and affordability based on material costs.Mitch Schlingman > link

Prefabricated Living Standards

In 1938, Foster Gunnison issued a patent for a factory built home that opened the US to a new type of building method and changed the building industry forever. Four important ideas from the patent that are new to the era are manufacturing on assembly lines, utilizing stressed-skin panels, selling homes through dealerships, and making the homes detachable for expansion or to relocation. Using these methods that originate in aviation and automobile industries and implementing them into housing, ultimitely lead to being the largest US home manufacturer during the post-war housing crisis.
Matt Ouellette > link