Manufactured Homes and their Communities: Mobility of an American Vernacular
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Manufactured homes and communities have acquired the stigma of being low income housing associated with transient citizens. In actuality, park residents tend to remain part of a community for extended periods of time; rarely are structures relocated today. This housing typology presents a multitude of opportunities in the realms of density, community, and affordable living. While the historic roots of these homes grew out of travel and mobility, the desire for larger living spaces has all but removed this characteristic from these homes. This thesis aims to redesign the manufactured home and rethink park design in order to re-integrate `trailer parks' into existing urban fabrics and create a transportable home. Thoughtful design and planning can rekindle enthusiasm for this housing type and lifestyle.