Collective housing is inseparable from a vision of urbanity, offering not only a lens through which to examine the city but also a mirror to our values as a society. Charged and volatile, it’s a typology that most closely reflects the pressures of the market, the shifts of technology, and the changes in ideals. The relationship of the individual to the collective is played out in a negotiation of conflicting desires and shared interests that define the threshold between the private unit and the public city. From LA, to New York, to Zurich, three practices offer reports from three different contexts that examine ideas of density, typology, and image within the dynamic system of the city.
Introduction by K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture
Mimi Hoang (MArch ’98), nArchitects, Adjunct Assistant Professor Columbia GSAPP
Jeannette Kuo (MArch ’04), Karamuk * Kuo Architects, Assistant Professor in Practice Harvard GSD
Michael Maltzan (MArch ’88), Michael Maltzan Architecture
Discussion moderated by Carles Muro, Associate Professor of Architecture Harvard GSD
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