URBANISM FROM WITHIN |
San Francisco, CA
In recent years, San Francisco has become emblematic of the difficulties of managing rapid urban growth in a culture entrenched in NIMBYism.
One of the challenges in providing new density to the city is that the image of the city, which is associated with its civic identity and tourism industry, is closely linked to a romantic vision of Victorian housing.
This design-research exhibition explores the typology of the secondary unit and its interaction with the larger systems of a city to test how a diffused form of individual interiors creates new connections, power structures, cross-pollinization of public and private realms, and formal architectural mutations, in an attempt to understand the feedback systems between the individual unit of the interior and the collective framework of the city — in essence, how the interior can reformat urbanism from within.
The exhibition, hosted by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) was co-presented by California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department and OpenScope Studio and was showcased in New York’s The Center for Architecture exhibition “Designing Affordability”.
All photographs courtesy of California College of the Arts and The Urban Works Agency.
CITY AND THE CITY | Jakarta, IND
This project proposes to build 100.000 houses in San Francisco. In the face of San Francisco’s dramatic housing crisis, public and private land that is at the moment vacant can be leased to housing cooperatives who seek to build houses in a non-profit way.
The current (worldwide) housing crisis has its roots in the very conception of the home as private property i.e. as commodity. Housing as commodity means that the house is no longer determined by its use value but by its exchange value. The house becomes an apparatus whose goal is to enforce dwellers into the economic condition of indebtedness. Against this condition the project affirms the house as the most tangible manifestation of the ‘right to the city’ that is living without the burden of debt. Such scenario implies the emancipation of the house from its traditional references such as home property and family living.
For this reason the project proposes typological experiments that question the way private property has incarnated itself into domestic models such as the family home and the apartment. The project ultimately seeks a way of living in which different generation of dwellers can live together forcing domestic space to become a public space where ways of life are tested, discussed, rejected or developed further.
Co-presented and photographs by California College of the Arts & The Urban Works Agency