Privacy, Security and Dignity: POE of Safe Haven Dorm Partition Environment

Feb 12, 2014

This paper presents post occupancy evaluation findings of a homeless shelter dorm station design-build architecture student project. Fourteen architecture students in a socio-political and design-build studio at Philadelphia University programmed, designed, and prototyped dorm stations for a shelter managed by Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia.

The post occupancy evaluation utilized interview, questionnaire, and observation data gathering methodologies. The evaluation involved three primary groups: administrators, staff, and residents. Specific dorm station design conditions were addressed including:
• boundaries in the definition of territory
• personalization and ownership
• visibility, privacy, and safety

David Kratzer (Philadelphia University)
Presented at: 
ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference on Architectural Research (Honolulu, HI)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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