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Nominal Classes and Mud Construction as a Support System.

An example from a design studio course for third-year undergraduate students at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul. The attempt was to bring the notion of “nominal classes” observed by Habraken in his book: Transformation of the Site, with mud construction to design a Support for low-income residents.

Designed by: İLAYDANUR AZAKLI

 

A moment in the life of a building

A moment in the life of a building

Today, Cable Factory is one of the major cultural centres of Helsinki. Focusing on the years 1989-91 when the industrial monument was in peril, architect Pia Ilonen reflects on the dialectic of use and vacancy, emptiness and appropriation, exploring the transformational cultural potential of free, underdefined space.

Designing for cohousing

Societies are usually built up like spatial/social tree structures. But some links are missing here between the scale level of the neighborhood and the individual house. Streets can do the job, but are not fit for it, because the scale is too big and the social meaning is ignored. In the essay I want to show how the gap between the neighborhood and the individual house can be filled with spatial scale levels that have a social meaning. An approach in which different kinds of cohousing can emerge, an approach in which future inhabitants can have an emancipated role in the design process.

Designing for cohousing

In cohousing most important is involvement. Not only between residents and the built environment. Both kinds of involvement come together in the design process.

Based on my experience that started in the seventies I developed a design process, ‘Field and Volume’  in which residents can take part and invent their project.

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