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Taxonomy of Living

Part 1 Project 2021
Saamia Makharia
Central Saint Martins, UAL | UK
The ‘Taxonomy of Living’ aims to build a more humane understanding of the home, examining the micro-and macro-politics of domestic space, focusing on health and wellbeing, sustainable development and responsible consumption. The way we work, socialise, and live has changed profoundly - each activity not necessarily occurring within a designated space, instead the boundaries between interiors and exteriors becoming far more diffused. Using Lubetkin’s Cranbrook Estate as a case study, this project presents an alternative view for this modernist development. Embracing this collapse of boundaries, the remodelling of mid-rise building Harold House interrogates how, within co-housing developments, balance can be achieved between shared and private spheres and supported/independent modes of living, while respecting the architects’ intentions where appropriate. Tackling issues surrounding London’s chronic housing shortage, increasing levels of loneliness and the shifting notions in the way we live, the renovation will focus on creating a co-living block centred around 3 concepts: a shift towards sharing, a diffusion of boundaries and architectural agency and empowerment.

Saamia Makharia

Gonzalo Herrero Delicado
Pati Santos
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