The house the Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake (1928-2011) designed and built for himself in 1958, still stands out as a monument to his … [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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House Within a House /1: Todoroki Residence by Hiromi Fujii, Ichikawa (1976)
Hiromi Fujii (1937) is a Japanese architect who started his career in 1964 collaborating with Italian architect Angelo Mangiarotti … [Read more...]
“House Taken Over”, by Julio Cortazar, (1944) illustrated by Juan Fresan (1969)
Thanks to writer China Miéville (author of very good "The City & the City") and to his article about the "50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every … [Read more...]
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