What hope is there for the collective dwelling? In the midst of a fundamental crisis in the way we make, sell and occupy housing, these three projects offer a series of visions for collective dwelling in the UK, two in the Sussex town of Lewes and one in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Each project suggests a framework for collective living and attempts a kind of freedom.
All are final year projects by Royal College of Art architecture graduates, and winners of this year's NLA / RCA Student Prize for Architecture.
In the light of Lewes’s emerging Core Strategy planning policy, Astrid's project explores the intricacies and contradictions inherent to building on the edge of the English countryside. The result is an architecture that combines anxiety, antagonism, and juxtaposition within a palatial frame.
Sam’s project sets up a physical, steel structure that sketches out the developable limits of a family home, allowing residents to bypass the bureaucracy of planning and evolve their home along with their family. In doing so, they open up potential for a more rebellious ways of using space in a culture increasingly bound up by rules and regulations.
Alexander recognizes the necessity for our cities' expansion and looks at the possibility of how this dense urbanism might spread into Englands Rural Landscape. The project takes the form of an autonomous inhabited wall that forces communal living and contains all the requirements for the creation of a new independent community.
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