ROBUST ACCOMMODATION FOR THE HOMELESS IN P.E.I.
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This thesis is concerned with providing shelter for the transient and marginalized homeless population in a city. Understanding the relationships between the city, neighbourhood, shelter and shelter guest help formulate design parameters. How can architecture best negotiate an appropriate balance between function, safety and quality of space in the interior, and an appropriate integration into the neighbourhood? Located in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, an emergency homeless shelter, related health services and formal supports are allied with additional program components. A community garden, restaurant, artists’ gallery, artists’ workshops and permanent housing units serve the shelter guests while inviting neighbourhood residents into the site. By encouraging interaction between the community and shelter guests, the hybrid programming strengthens the project for both the neighbors and the support service users. These programs welcome the community to participate in the social aspects while also aiding in generating revenue for the shelter and support programs. The architecture provides a variety of spaces and programs within the building and site to encourage active participation in events and social interaction among the shelter guests and wider community. The project ultimately aims for holistic community well-being through examining proper siting, neighbourhood context, mixed-use buildings, innovative programming and design.