Following the model of Creative Reaction Lab’s Equity-Centered Community Design Field Guide, Writers Room and Drexel Smart House are embarking on a year-long design process for a writers house. In addition to providing space for public programming, the goal is to catalyze other intergenerational houses nearby, creating a network of homeowners and student tenants whose shared interest in writing/storytelling forms the foundation for meaningful cohabitation.
Programming supported by TD Charitable Foundation with Canon Solutions America.
Neighborhood Histories Roundtable
October 13, 2018
We began with the history of development in the Mantua and Powelton neighborhoods as told by our neighbors: a conversation with De’Wayne Drummond and Gwen Morris from the Mantua Civic Association, Helma Weeks from the Powelton Village Civic Association, and Scott Knowles from the Department of History.
Healthy Living Forum
January 26, 2019
This forum aimed to capture the essence of a functioning home by giving attendees the opportunity to examine how our spaces affect us. We started with a short lecture by the leader of the Integral Living Group, D.S. Nicholas, followed by flash talks with Rachel Schade, Yvonne Michael, Gina Lovasi, and Uk Jung. An interactive session drew out how creative practices can serve our living spaces, mapped pathways relevant to our daily routines, and generated ideas for improvement.
Cooperative Living Design Workshop
April 20, 2019
This workshop focused on the dynamics between the private and the public in co-op living environments—what is needed to maintain personal privacy amidst a larger, shared community of cohabitation.
Uk Jung, architect and Drexel alum (BArch ‘08) + George Jenkins, Green Building Coordinator at YouthBuild Philadelphia lead this hands on design workshop with YouthBuild students. Through a community-led design process, we worked together to explore co-living principles that could be applied at a pilot house + throughout a neighborhood homesharing network.