Design Project 3 | Mini Proposal

Design Project 3 | Mini Proposal

Jan 9, 2024 3:52 AM
Due Date
August 9, 2023 2:29 PM (PDT) → August 9, 2023 11:59 PM (PDT)
Estimated Hours

Design Prompt: Sustainable Micro-Housing Spaces for 2050

Housing Unit Features
  • 500 square feet or less (interior - single room)
  • 17 feet or less in (floor/single room height)
  • 1 or 2 occupants
  • Spaces to Provide
    • Sleeping
    • Bathing
    • Cooking / Eating
    • Working
    • Relaxing / Entertaining
    • Exterior space (don’t count toward 500 SF)
Where are they Located / Context
  • City
  • Suburban/Semi-Urban
  • A new place between City & Suburbia?
  • Rural
How are they Aggregated / Form Options
  • Tall Building (attached)
  • Low Buildings (attached)
  • Community (detached)
  • Standalone
How are they Serviced
  • Utilties
    • On-Grid
    • Off-Grid
  • Transportation
  • Form Options


  • What is the problem you’ve defined?
    • Who, What, Why, Where, and When? — POV, MVP statements
  • What is the focus of your design thinking?
  • Synthesize a SINGLE, UNIFIED vision
Share your initial vision through some preliminary sketches (annotated graphics)
  • Where will it be located?
  • What will the form be?
  • What are the key features you’ll be exploring?


What will 2050 look like?

  • Adaptable to extreme temperatures and weather @Ilyaan
    • buildings rotates or transforms to adapt to weather. @Theo Aronson
  • “Matrix pods that we plug in to” @Theo Aronson
  • image
  • Townhouses
  • Cabin-type @Jessica
  • Buildings as carbon sinks @Theo Aronson
  • Less permanent living - medium term (3-9months) @Alex

  • Public transportation embedded into the building itself - negating the need for bikes and cars even @Isabelle Amaia Mak
    • Subway and bus stations run directly to the building. @Ilyaan
  • Car share, bike share. @Shambhavi
Work & Entertainment
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality embedded @Shambhavi
  • Multi-use social spaces all included within the compound. @Jessica
  • Entertainment: Dolby Atmos / IMAX 6.0 venues - one room or “venue” capable of hosting musical, theatrical, and film production “performances”

What’s the focus of your design thinking?


Design and People oriented
  • 2050 will be even more populated then now —> vertical sprawl is more feasible than horizontal sprawl
  • floating houses in sausalito


Able to use design models. Would like to delve into the energy.
  • Floating medium-density compound
  • Single-file modular micro apartments


Energy efficiency, proficient in Sims. Would like to work on fitness, healthy living.


System thinker - Big Cities, entertainment
  • technology & smart automation
  • infrastructure & energy use
  • 2050 might involve more people have two residences, if you live in suburbs you’ll want to have a 500sqft urban apt for your job/city life, but then commute back to your less urban main home where you can spend more time outdoors
  • Creation of “mid-term” leases (vs. short term / long term). People will want to be in places for 3-6 mo and not be trapped in 1-2 year leases or alternatively be limited to hotels and AirBnB.
  • In the future of micro-living creative individuals and artists won’t have room for their own independent studios so will need to be able to join shared spaces and carry less “creative overhead” (gear, equipment, libraries, etc…). How do we create a creative space for both professionals / businesses / and artists that is also pleasant to live in?


Detail oriented and Marketing - Human Centred Design Thinking


Social areas - inclusivity, community building.

30 years from now, I see a more liberal (as compared to now. Note that most slum areas have seen crawling adoption to changing world dynamics) approach towards rebuilding current structures within backward locales with more accessible and resourceful features. These structures may not be the most modern looking, but the key focus would be on fulfilling the basic needs of habitation: protection against environmental changes, shared community, and accessibility to water and food.


Reimagining slum areas within urban locales, in a way that is resource efficient and hospitable assuming the harsh climatic conditions and their impact on the less privileged. The image below represents a vertically stacked version of the largest slum in Asia. The focus here is on communal living and a shared economy.


POV & MVP Statements

Point Of View Statements

Who: working professionals, students, singles, couples,

What: financially accessible design; focused on indoors

Why: rising temperatures make using the outdoors unpleasant; anticipating land scarcity; different stages of life; work/lifestyle changes; envisioning a nomadic lifestyle;

Where: major metropolitan urban environments

When: 2050

@Isabelle Amaia Mak
College students/young professionals need an affordable place to live with medium length leases, allowing them to become more independent while being flexible with work/lifestyle changes (ex: medium lease accounts for shifting jobs)
@Harry Hong Cheng Huang
Henry, who’s suffering from social anxiety needs a quiet, independent, and relatively isolated place to relax after a day of hard work and socializing.
The average student or office worker needs an affordable, multi-purpose space in an expensive area (eg downtown) for proximity to their university/workplace.

Also, due to extreme weather conditions, they need a place that is integrated with all the basic needs so that they don’t need to leave the building often.

Inhabitants of low lying regions in urban cities, more specific to developing nations would require homes that keep their families close (horizontally or vertically stacked micro-units with shared common spaces). They might live in separate micro-homes (2 inhabitants in one) protecting and providing very basic needs, but they would still not compensate on their sense of shared spaces.
@Theo Aronson
Young married professionals need a micro-home within a housing complex that offers enough amenities that they will theoretically be able to host friends and family, without ever needing to leave their compound (or go outdoors) as excessive heat and extreme climate conditions make the outdoors intolerable.
Recent graduates need affordable places to live that are appropriate for their starting salary. They want ample space to make their space aesthetic and homey, but are also willing to work around small spaces by ensuring that everything in the space is functional.
Rick & Morty are constantly travelling for work, they need safe and reliable housing without long term commitments due to the current climate and the nature of their jobs.

Main POV Statement:

Recent graduates and young married professionals need an affordable, multi-purpose micro-home, without long-term rental agreements. Due to extreme weather conditions, they need a place that is integrated with all the basic needs so that they don’t need to leave the building often.

Minimum Viable Product Statements

Main Features that may address: 1. Dwellings 2. Transportation 3. Work & Entertainment 4. Food 5. Energy use within units and as a complex
@Isabelle Amaia Mak
  • Innovative/space saving furniture
  • shared cooking spaces
  • access to fresh/local groceries
  • shared recreational/entertainment spaces
  • above ground subways (like skyrails?)
@Harry Hong Cheng Huang
Being able to adapt to the predicted environment of 2050.

An indoor, vertically integrated co-living space connected internally to railway lines and right by bus stations. Within each space there is a bed, desk, storage, VR, AR and AI integration, couch and toilet. As an expansion to this, spaces with high ceilings for additional storage can be integrated.


A parallel set of vertical buildings with area wise access to common facilities such as bathrooms, water supply and vocational learning centers. Implementing passive climate control strategies like natural ventilation through spaces out pathways between the buildings. Each building can have multiple small home units of about 200-260 SF.

@Theo Aronson

High-rise carbon-negative structure with shapeshifting (SciFi!) communal spaces that are able to cater to individuals, couples, and young professionals (<25yo) while providing a sense of work/life and indoor/outdoor balance.

  • Communal movie theatre/entertainment spaces
  • Multi-use furniture
    • Fold-out beds from couches
    • Tables for both work and dining
  • Personal herb gardens and home-grown produce

  1. Below ground, underwater, rooftop public transportation, integrated into the building.
  2. Urban Vertical Farms located within the building.

Main MVP Statement:

“ We’ve taken the term micro-living quite literally. This building will enable 100% self-sustained living for its tenants and visitors. It is a micro-grid, micro-farm, micro public transportation, office and leisure space - all that one needs in the year 2050 will be provided for within the confines of this building.” 1. The building is completely self-sufficient (produces its own energy, food & water, transportation) 2. The building is able to adapt to any and all extreme weather events (due to the intelligent, adaptive nature of its design) 3. The building provides all the ammenities and spaces required for work, entertainment and lifestyle needs.