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Residential Typology Study


I chose to use this style of typological study to look at the variation in housing on a given block. I chose several houses along Rutherford Avenue in Beechview. I noticed they shared many characteristics. It is likely that when they were built roughly 70 years ago, they we’re all designed by the same architect who varied his plans slightly from house to house. Therefore, this is a perfect opportunity to look at subtle typological shifts. I realized partway through creating this diagram that the shifts are less subtle than they originally seemed, and that in fact, there is a great deal of spatial and massing variation between the homes, especially in the upper floors. The homes all share a similar porch, lawn, basement and ground floors. If I were to take this diagram further, I would attempt to figure out the inner layout of each home based on the differences between each.