Gabriella Perry

Customizable Community

Giving everyone design authorship in their own home

Virginia Tech, Final Studio Project, Spring 2019

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody." -Jane Jacobs

Most people today buy a house and spend their lives renovating a cookie-cutter house into their ideal home. Personalized homes come with such a high price tag most cannot afford, but what if people could afford to build their home precisely the way that they wanted?

Community is a housing development that allows the resident to design their own home with design professionals' assistance. People come to the Center for Residential Design (CRD) and meet with young designers interning with the CRD. These young designers help clients to layout their dream home using prefabricated custom cartridges. Prefabricated construction is a high precision process optimized through computer algorithms. Prefabricating resident's custom home allows construction to progress faster than stick-built homes.