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Better living phase 2
by Bowen Chen

The number of people living alone has risen sharply and there is a trend of the decrease in the average size of rental housing units in the Netherlands. However, the traditional way of living alone means less space efficiency and more energy consumption. In addition, mental happiness is largely related to the new lifestyle and the living environment. So the objective of my graduation project is to design a mode of single-living housing which is spatial-efficient, sustainable, self-sufficient and provides extra quality for mental happiness.

Introduction

The number of people living alone has risen sharply and there is a trend of the decrease in the average size of rental housing units in the Netherlands. However, the traditional way of living alone means less space efficiency and more energy consumption. In addition, mental happiness is largely related to the new lifestyle and the living environment. So the objective of my graduation project is to design a mode of single-living housing which is spatial-efficient, sustainable, self-sufficient and provides extra quality for mental happiness.


Sincerely,
Bowen Chen

Better Living Phase 2

Due to the need of sustainable housing and the rise of single-living population, the goal of this research is to explore an energy-efficient system which can achieve indoor comfort with minimum energy consumption in a single-living residential building in the Netherlands.

With the analysis of the local climate and single-living pattern, energy-efficient technics are integrated into collaboration. Based on the integrated strategies and an architectural model, a prototype of the energy-efficient system is designed which operates correspondingly to different outside conditions. Further calculation examines the decisions of the system and helps to make more detailed design. Besides the energy-efficient system, this research also provides a basic method to simulate the design decisions and parameters in an energy-efficient system.



Sharing Living Community



Collaborative Communities
by Fromm Dorit

<15 persons
Create a more intimate community but more social friction may occur because of the small number of people.

18-35 persons
Provide more choice of association and are small enough to allow members to know each other well.

35> persons
Afford a greater number of shared amenities, but their large size means that a certain percentage of households will probably not participate in common dining because of the less intimate nature of the large group.