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Affordable Modular Housing for College Students Emphasizing Habitability

Mi Kyoung Kim, Mi Jeong Kim
2016 Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering  
This research investigated key concepts of temporary residence and analyzed characteristics of modular architecture. Based on the results of the critical review, this research proposed an analytic framework emphasizing habitability to identify the potential of modular architecture as affordable housing for college students. The framework is composed of three dimensions: habitability, sustainability and affordability. Compared to the existing studies on modular architecture, habitability is more
more » ... abitability is more heavily emphasized and a new term, 'affordability', is included in the proposed framework. Through the case studies, the residential environment of four dormitories was analyzed using the proposed framework with a focus on comfortable and healthy living. The results suggest that ensuring habitability is essential for residents' comfortable and healthy living; however, it would increase construction and maintenance costs. Social interrelationship among residents could be encouraged through various community facilities and activities, strengthening the residents' ties to the community. The proposed framework would contribute to the development of affordable housing for students, guided by the essential dimensions to be considered for the application of modular housing.
doi:10.3130/jaabe.15.49 fatcat:d4bvybghxne6xblz7bkvseofye