Sommet, Laura Elizabeth
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This thesis identifies the issues of current public housing designs on human needs and the needs of women to explore how designers can improve upon current models. Examining human needs theory, social and emotional well being, or SEWB, and scholarly literature that defines the relationship between human needs and the built environment, aid in the development of seven design categories that specifically address human needs within the social spaces of public housing. Existing case studies are analyzed with a focus on human needs through these design categories. The results are then applied to the existing Nellie B. public housing neighborhood in Athens, GA. The goal of the thesis is to examine how the concept of small scale design can be used as a flexible model in the absence of funding, time, and when public housing does not qualify as “severely distressed” but still faces similar problems of underserved communities.