defensible space, public housing, Allentown
"I contend that unsuccessful public housing projects have failed because the projects did not identify with the urban morphology and cultural context of the cities they were built in. They were only identified by attempting to house a maximum density of people and their basic needs of living at the minimum budget...
The goal of the project will be to design a housing type that applies the qualities of defensible space from the urban fabric, as well as considering the design decisions that caused other precedents of housing types to fail. This analysis will culminate with a home considered more successful by the resident and create a new public housing type that directly relates to all forms of the city context."
Goldstein, Jamie, "When It Comes to Design, People Matter: A Search for Defensible Space and Its Application to Public Housing" (2012). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 51.