Special Subject: City Form — Collectives: Towards a User-driven Urbanism

Permission of instructor

Note: time change from 3-6 to 3:30-6

Sharing economies, digital technologies and new notions of community are altering the way we live and work. Accessibility over ownership, community-based exchange and collaborative behaviors are increasingly transforming both economic and social patterns, contesting notions of property and shared space. The void left by a retreating public sector, combined with the rigidity of the producer/consumer binomial, has created a demand for collective processes celebrating new forms of self-organization and action. In the domestic realm, co-housing and co-living are re-emerging as viable models that operate within the market economy and overcome the unilateral relationship between user, designer, and developer. 

“COLLECTIVES” calls to explore and represent ways in which collaborative approaches to living can reshape architecture and the city. What kind of architecture and urban space support, facilitate, and represent collective forms of life, work and leisure? How does designing the “collective” both respond to and create demand for a more communal life-style in the contemporary city? What are the scales involved? And what are the historic models we can learn from?

This design-research seminar will investigate these questions through readings, guest lectures, discussions, and the use of drawing and diagraming as tools of analysis and representation.