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Type, new urban domesticities and urban areas


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Anna Shapiro


Typology can be understood as a form of principled reasoning about archi-tecture’s spatial and organisational capacities; type being both product and process working through generative analysis, classification and projection of architectural concerns and objectives. This paper brings this discipline imma-nent perspective on typology to bear on three current housing projects to high-light architecture’s contribution to the reformulation of urban domesticities.Opposed to a focus on their social and economic sustainability, or their ca-pacity of forging a different development model, the description of the proj-ects formal and spatial specificities highlights particular typological moves that propel the multiplication of relationships of association, intimacy and care. Moreover, we suggest that these projects are spatial exemplars that call into question the very boundaries of the current definition of the neighbour-hood, and instead can be seen as delivering spatial and programmatic inten-sities propelling the dynamism of the urban area.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2019
Publisher Wolkenkuckucksheim
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 38
Pages 151-166
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