The shabonos (or yanos) are the traditional communal dwellings of the Yanomami tribes of Southern Venezuela and northern Brazil. They are circular … [Read more...]
Housing the Multitude
Since the beginning of human history the need for a house has implied latent meanings, from the bare “looking for a shelter” to the fulfillment of complex spiritual and social needs. Historically, a number of inhabiting solutions were imagined for the coexistence of individuals and families in collective dwellings, in order to provide an improvement in resource sharing, built terrain and infrastructural optimization and waste limitation.
Completely dissimilar visions of communal life and conditions of social stratification lay behind this group of projects, but all of them share the search for a density which doesn’t restrict the private sphere yet allows, in different degrees, room for shared activities destined to enhance the life of the community.
The “Grand Hotel Babylon” by Adolf Loos (1923)
In 1923, Austrian and Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos conceived the project for a terraced hotel of 700 rooms in Nice, the so-called "Grand Hotel … [Read more...]
Almost Metabolist: The New Sky Building #3 by Yoji Watanabe
The New Sky Building #3 is a 1972 project by Yoji Watanabe built in Higashi-Shinjuku, Tokyo. The building is made up of a central core, which … [Read more...]
“Habitat and the City”: Competition Entry by Neutelings, Wall, De Geyter and Roodbeen (1990)
In 1990 the "Competition Habitatge i Ciutat" (Housing and City) was promoted by the review Quaderns of Barcelona. The entry by W.J. Neutelings, A. … [Read more...]
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