For over ten years an undergraduate architecture studio has been offered in the summer in Seattle, hosted by a variety of noteworthy offices in the city, and focusing on urban issues and practice topics. This year the studio is stationed at NAC (Northwest Architectural Company) and examines the question of homelessness in the city, including ways to reintegrate the homeless back into society.
Homelessness is an acute problem stemming, in part, from a housing market that has gone through the roof but also from mental and social issues related to an age that has become increasingly too fast to contend with.
The challenge involves three sites and three programs: medical, wellness, and housing, all linked by an urban edge meant to serve as a conduit by which public life can become part of the solution, coordinating relations between commercial flows and those underway inside the buildings.
All three interventions take place on 1st avenue, just a few steps away from the studio location. Associate Professor Ayad Rahmani is the WSU faculty member teaching the studio.