Urban Housing Typologies

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20.304 Urban Housing Typologies


Oliver Heckmann

About The Project

The course elective ‘Urban Housing Typologies’ discusses in lectures and seminars the essential conditions and strategies for habitation in cities. It concentrates on specific urban narratives, morphologies, scales, and densities, and debates the impact of innovative housing strategies and types for urban development as such. Doing so, the course places specific emphasis on typology as procedural expertise. Going beyond pure housing, it not only concentrates on the analysis of physical types at the scale of the city, the neighbourhood, the building, the ‘unit’ and the individual domain within but puts an essential focus on the programmatic and social sustainability and the ‘social logic’ of designs. The studies examine aspects such as topological and programmatic embeddings in urban territories, the spatio-social integrity of buildings across their various domains and the versatility and diversity of potential programs and forms of co-habitation.

Each student concludes the course with an individual case-study and an essay, deliberately combining two forms of architectural reflection: While the case studies are entirely drawing and diagram-based – as essential form of architectural enquiry by means of deciphering an architectural logic from a given reality – writing an essay expands their research further to a literature-based form of architectural thinking. Students are encouraged to formulate topics spanning across the complex aspects of urban habitation discussed: to formulate a relevant hypothesis and develop a provocative but coherent argument that aims for academic rigour but also reflects critical and pro-active thinking.

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Affifah Bte Ab Ghapar

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Lee Xin Yun Mavis

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Teo Shao Tian

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Liu Yimin

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Joshua Tan Seh Kiat

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Nabila Larasati Pranoto

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