This fall, as we emerged from the pandemic, presented a potent moment to reinvest in the study of physical space, place, community, localism, and materials.
These themes were examined through the lenses of patterns and architectural typology at multiple scales: typologies that serve as increments of neighborhood, patterns of living that inform increments of housing, patterns of occupation that shape rooms, patterns of activity that shape the increments of rooms: doors, windows, thresholds.
We considered how these activities can bring us together to form community. We explored how place shapes the architecture of housing, and how housing shapes the life within and the life without—the communal life that binds us together.
ELLIE ABRONS + MEREDITH MILLER
CRAIG BORUM + CLAUDIA WIGGER
Chun-Li (Julie) Chen, Megan Clevenger, Amber Klinger
Yuanyuan Cui, Danielle Weitzman, Jasmine Wright
LARS GRÄBNER + CHRISTINA HANSEN
KIT MCCULLOUGH + MICK KENNEDY
Screen Courtyard respects the human need for different degrees of intimacy and explores the possible sequence of spatial settings that allows gradient activities for both public and private individuals in the neighborhood. Through the experimentation of layered space, programs, patterns, and partitions, it tailors the transition of social experience from public streets, to inner courtyards, to buildings, to floors, and to units. This gradient of intimacy stitches diverse activities on the site and ensures everyone can choose a comfortable position on the gradient. It investigates the prevalent work-life living conditions and the desire for flexible living space to accommodate the ever shifting household size.