Family and Consumer Sciences
In the field of interior design, functionality and aesthetics are combined to create spaces that are beautiful, but also serve a variety of purposes. Broadly categorized into residential and commercial sectors, interior design considers the health and wellness of users in a space, and strives to improve the standard of living. Quality interior design is often treated as a luxury afforded only to the wealthy, although the field can and should be applied to benefit a wider demographic. Intelligent design and space planning can be used as a tool for community-building, especially among populations often overlooked due to reasons such as financial inequalities. This particular design revolves around the reuse of a historic building in Bowling Green and its redesign as a living community for low-income members of the public. Public housing projects are often designed as drab, prison-like facilities, which stigmatize and “other” less fortunate community members. This complex is modeled to provide well-designed, fully accessible housing units that provide safe, clean environments for low-income residents who cannot afford the hefty price tag that comes along with “good design”, but still deserve that same sense of community and wellness.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Ms. Sheila Flener
Historic Preservation and Conservation | Interior Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Ward, Kaitlin, "An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Low-Income Housing Communities" (2017). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 709.