Accessibility of social housing : acknowledging interconnectivity of various layers of access

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Jäger, Nils
Sen, Arijit H.
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Thesis (M. Arch.)
Department of Architecture
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The central thesis of this project is the extension of the analysis of social housing projects beyond its physical aspects and boundaries. This thesis argues that visual, physical, social, and economic accessibility is important to integrate social housing into an existing urban pattern.The thesis examines accessibility of the social housing project Richtsberg at the urban, neighborhood, and building level. Social housing needs to be accessible on many levels in order to be an equal part of an urban environment. The layers of access are closely interconnected. It is important to acknowledge and incorporate interconnectivity of various layers and disciplines for a solution approach.Although crime rates do not show differences between the social housing projectRichtsberg and other parts of Marburg, Germany, Richtsberg is perceived as a criminal,violent, unsafe neighborhood. The lack of visual, physical, social, and economic accessand therefore knowledge about the neighborhood strongly affects outsiders' perceptions.Spatial analysis using maps, plans, and photographs combined with theoretical perspectives are the methods of the thesis.Design proposals are used in order to test the analysis and definitions. The proposals intend to suggest possible measures to improve the situation of the social housing project Richtsberg.