Commence

Kaetlyn Hanlin and Mira Shami

Mira Shami and Kaetlyn Hanlin presenting to the jury for the "Urban Life: Self & Society" Senior Architecture Housing Competition .

Mira Shami and Kaetlyn Hanlin presenting to the jury for the "Urban Life: Self & Society" Senior Architecture Housing Competition

Undergraduate Student Project

Introduction

Commence is a mixed-use housing project that supports immigrants of all statuses, international students/professors, and refugees relocate to the United States.

Commence questions the architectural approach to combine two vastly different programs to support the immigrant population in the context of Queens, NY. This project engages the local, immigrant community to volunteer or provide professional help to the residents in hopes to harness Queens' strong collective efficacy.

International students and immigrants are typically in time sensitive situations due to visas, green cards, or other personal matters. Therefore, leases range from 1 week, 1 month, 90 days and a full year. The units provided are joint-lease apartments or single-family units. Some support services provided are legal assistance, language center, job center, and therapy for all users, and academic support for international students. These services are often not accessible and by combining these uses into one location, residents can safely navigate the complex legal system with the support of others.

We believe engaging the community in this housing project could help break the often daunting and confusing task of relocating to another country and give people a strong sense of cultural identity while adjusting to their new life in the United States.

Abstract

Commence is a mixed-use housing project that supports immigrants of all statuses, international students & professors, and refugees. Commence engages Queens' strong collective efficacy to provide a combination of legal, academic, and emotional assistance to tenants living in shared lease apartments through volunteer aid . We believe engaging the community in this housing project could help break the often daunting and confusing task of relocating to another country and give people a strong sense of cultural identity while adjusting to their new life in the United States.

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