The Narkomfin Building (Dom Narkomfin) in Moscow was designed by Moisei Ginzburg and Ignatii Milinis in 1928 to host collective housing for employees … [Read more...]
The floor plan is a reflection of the societal conditions and the hystorical context in which it is created, thus embodying specific notions of privacy, familiar bonds or social relationships among inhabitants. Whenever the plan doesn't interpret the notion of inhabiting within the parameters of what is considered "normality" in a specific moment in history, we call it "dysfunctional". A dysfunctional plan implies a questioning and a critical resistance towards any notion of standardization; through configurations of non canonical spaces, it problematizes any comfortable accomodation for the daily living functions and may even become a means of conflict, misbehaviour and abuse. On the other hand it may represent an attempt to embody hypothesis of subversion against a given model.
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Project E-2 (1968-1971) by Hiromi Fujii is an example of the Japanese architect's research on "neutral" architecture, one liberated from any burden of … [Read more...]
The Dominican Motherhouse in Media, Pennsylvania, is an unbuilt project on which architectLouis Kahn worked from 1965 to 1968. The place of worship … [Read more...]
Published in a supplement of Architectural Design in 1971, this research project by architect Cedric Price is an investigation on "the good life". … [Read more...]