The Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Affordable Housing Project

The Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Affordable Housing Project was a research and design project conducted by faculty and graduate students from the School of Architecture at NC State University. The project included research on recent and emerging trends in affordable housing appropriate to the needs of Wake County, urban design strategies for the Long Acres Community of Southeast Raleigh, and the conceptual design of a range of housing models for scattered sites in the project area. Issues addressed included: “tipping points” of community redevelopment; effective models of sustained community engagement; cultural and economic sustainability; the meaning and significance of “home;” and the interrelationship of sustainable development, multi-modal transit options, building energy performance, and affordability. Additionally, local and national leaders in affordable housing design participated in the project including: David Maurer, AIA, Principal, Tightlines and Maurer Architecture, Raleigh, NC; Kay Bea Jones, Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Ohio State University; and Damon Leverett, AIA, Lead Designer, EYP Architecture and Engineering, Washington, DC. The project was funded by a College of Design Faculty Development Grant ($5,000). The project outcomes were documented in a publication and supplied to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to assist their efforts in providing affordable housing in Wake County.

Publication PDF

Images (from top to bottom):

1) Jeff Wilkins, 2) Megan Toma, 3) Eric Goldman, 4 & 5) Eric Goldman, 6) Habitat Wake County group, 7) James Benson, 8) Jeff Wilkins, 9 & 10) Ryan Wallace