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Enchanting the Existing

Enchanting the existing

Last March 25th took place at Columbia GSAPP’s Avery Hall a conference by Anne Lacaton, from the French Studio Lacaton & Vassal. With the name “Reinvent: Enchanting the Existing”, Lacaton went through some of the projects of her office since it started back in 1987.

She started treating the concept of Inhabiting in Architecture. The way they conceive it is major issue for their work, focused on building space from the inside, and not from the outside. For them, the idea of virgin territory no longer exists; the point is to exalt the capacities of the existing. An extremely interesting concept that they have been developing for 25 years and appears especially adequate in today’s Architectural scene.

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CoHousing

In this post I would like to talk about the concept of CoHousing, from a point of view more theoretical than formal, as I believe that many of the principles can be successfully applied to the future of housing settlements.

CoHousing is a term used to describe a type of community housing composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned and managed by its residents.

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The TypEvolution

Is it possible to think about living in a home when you are young, another during your adulthood, and another when you grow old? I’m not talking about owning them, not even renting just one specific space; I am talking about a wider and more open housing system that enriches both the individuals and the city.

Our society is more diverse than ever, mobility is a concept increasingly present in our lives; it changes, evolves and creates very different profiles of citizens. Is Architecture, Urbanism or Real Estate Market responding to this situation?

Is it sustainable to buy a home when you are thirty years old, pay for it thirty more, and never move from it?

What does it mean for a person to grow older seeing how your needs are changing but the architectural space around stays still?

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