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SCI-Arc Parodies "Poor Door" Housing Design

SCI-Arc Parodies "Poor Door" Housing Design

In 2008, a group of students from SCI-Arc put out a proposal for a series of mixed income city housing projects for Dubai. In their design, wealthy residents would live in apartments on the building’s perimeter, with natural daylight and views of the city, while low-income housing tenants would live in the core of the building, isolated from “the upper class.” The proposal was a parody aimed at the classist design of residential development in Dubai, but what unsettled the SCI-Arc students was that their proposal generated almost no controversy. Inspired by the recent approval of a similar 'poor door' in a project in New York, this article from the LA Times covers that parody, and shows that both at home and abroad, residential design is slipping towards socio-economic segregation.

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Cite: Connor Walker. "SCI-Arc Parodies "Poor Door" Housing Design" 28 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/531905/sci-arc-parodies-poor-door-housing-design/> ISSN 0719-8884
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