<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a5/a5521742b55964759080b44c32a28b54.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />First-year professional degree students of <a href="https://archinect.com/yale" >Yale</a> School of Architecture are hard at work designing and building a new three-unit <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" >affordable housing</a> complex in New Haven's Hill neighborhood. <br>
Formally known as the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project, the year-long studio has been an annual ritual at the university since 1989 when then-dean Charles Moore instituted the program. Since then, Yale students have worked to design and build homes for over 50 New Haven families, according to the university. This year’s run of the program is being carried out in partnership with Columbus House, a non-profit organization that works to address homelessness in the New Haven area.
Initially divided up into competing teams, the students in the studio started by tackling a series of fundamental conceptual exercises to develop approaches for addressing issues of inhabitation, enclosure, aggregation, and interior design.