The Vlock Building Project

Since 1967, the Yale School of Architecture has offered its students the opportunity to design and build a structure as an integral part of their graduate education. Unique among architecture schools, this program is mandatory for all first-year students. This year, the school has partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services, a local nonprofit agency devoted to affordable housing development, to build a single-family house in a low-income neighborhood in New Haven.

Students worked first independently, then in teams, and finally in a studio-wide collaboration to solve the formal, spatial, and technical problems of building affordably, efficiently, and with environmental sensitivity.

This year's brief called for a 1,500 square foot house on a narrow, non-conforming lot at 32 Lilac Street in Newhallville. Students were challenged to develop a flexible prototype that could be adpated to other narrow lots around New Haven.