Thomas Nasca


The goal of this thesis is to enable the growth of small communities within apartment building spaces. This was accomplished by designing a common cooking space for apartment buildings.

My research proved that a shared cooking space would be beneficial to users for social and security reasons. I am aware that solitude is also important, which is why I designed a space that would not restrict users to a community area. As a result, I designed guidelines for an apartment with both private and public cooking spaces while encouraging users to use the latter through functional differences.

These include a furniture design solution that allows users to easily use either cooking space through the use of a mobile cart that provides storage space, table space and seating-providing them access to their common tools, ingredients and dining space regardless of where users decide to cook and eat. This furniture design allows the communal cooking space to function smoothly, enabling residents of apartment buildings to naturally form communities.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cooking--Equipment and supplies--Design; Apartment houses--Social aspects; Communities; Furniture design

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Kim Sherman

Advisor/Committee Member

Jessica Lieberman


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TX656 .N37 2015


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