LIVING AND ALIVE
- HOMELESS SHELTER DESIGN -
Homelessness is a major social problem in the United States. The number of people who are living without a decent shelter is rising daily throughout the country. The problem of homelessness affects various groups in society, including the elderly, children, youths, and middle-aged adults, but the percentage of teens and youths who are experiencing homelessness has reached an alarming rate. The rise in homelessness in this population group demands immediate attention, particularly for older teens from 15 to 18 years of age. This study seeks to create a new model of shelter through a combination of spatial arrangements and special programs.
For those teens who are born with low-income family conditions or housing pressure who have no choice but to be homeless, it is our society's responsibility to give them a better choice and brighter future. This shelter model will be based on the analysis of the specific housing needs of young people facing homelessness. Existing shelters most often concentrate on the housing problems of the broadest group of the homeless population. This new solution, however, will use a space layout that suits the way of life of the teens, by providing housing, diet, activities, and mental health consultation in a limited space.
The most important of these is mental health to this user group. Housing is only the first step. The special arrangement of this new shelter provides a very highly utilized space within the limitations of the square footage, helps them with their mental and physical health, and also respects the relationship between personal space and public. The program of the exhibition will take place in the public area on the first floor. In this way, the teen will regain the respect and understanding of society by showing the public their valuable and creative works.