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Las Casitas Re-Imagined

This project is inspired by the history of the neighborhood and one of its historical architectural typologies, Las Casitas. Casitas are traditional Puerto Rican housing types that were introduced to New York during the 1960s and 70s coinciding with the wave of Puerto Rican immigration to the city. The Casitas grew out of the necessity to occupy vacant lots in the Bronx. These casitas were anchored to gardens and served as community gathering spaces as well as a safe haven for residents of all ages. Some of the activities housed in these buildings included: music, dance, and other celebrations. Taking the functions and architectural characteristics of a traditional Casita, this project attempts to reimagine how the Casita can be integrated into a new multi-family housing typology. Our approach addresses the need for low-income housing by proposing a new community living style which densifies the neighborhood while using the casita-garden relationship to improve the safety and well-being of the residents.