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New Jersey design students create houses for Habitat for Humanity

on Wednesday,December 02,2009 21:12

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Students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are getting the chance to benefit their community thanks to a partnership with the Newark chapter of Habitat for Humanity that sees student architects designing new homes for the non-profit housing organization.

The partnership birthed a five-year program which provided 13 student designers with real world experience planning homes in existing urban communities while allowing Habitat access to a host of new blueprints and buildings in the process.

The students'' efforts will go towards the construction of seven multi-family townhouses to be built in central Newark. The designers attempted to bring unique qualities to their designs by including open-air internal courtyards, tilted roofs that collect rainwater for gardening and solar chimneys that provide better ventilation for the 1,500-square-foot apartments.

"Our focus is to create homes that are efficient but also have the essence of architecture - you can tell every part was designed for a reason," Says 21-year-old architecture student Alex Merlucci in an interview with the Star-Ledger. "You’re not trying to give people a shelter, but a home."
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