Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Inclusive Environments – Housing for all generations

July 5th, 2018

“One function of architecture is to create spaces to intensify the drama of living” – is a quote from an urban design book, and by holding on to this, this housing project presents the ways architecture as function, as form and as program can improve lives of people inhabiting it. Having approached the design process with a seriousness of considering social sciences readings and successful examples of hybrid buildings working as a small city in a neighborhood, this project contains the study of two important and yet distant generations of our society – elderly and students. This collision of experiences is what makes the community grow even beyond the neighborhood and throughout the city.
Elderly are one of the most fragile and precious people of our society, they pass their experience to future generations not only through their words, but for those who are lucky enough to grow around them, also through their style of living and the small ordinary routines. One can learn a certain philosophy of living only by observing an aged man live his day, handle their problems and celebrate their joys.
Likewise, one of their priorities in life is to see youth development and improvement, to see their hard work on cultivating principles be paid off. This project attempts to promote this co-living among generations and different profiles of people by creating open, free spaces to live in.
This freeness is translated through fluid and gradually changing shapes of the building, having open and enclosed corners of the same floors, community and intimate choices.
For the people inhabiting the site to be considered as a part of a larger community within the city, the project proposes open public spaces on the ground floor and community gardens taken care of by dwellers themselves. Through prompting different communal activities, a certain interaction is developed and to anyone it feels like home.

Elmedinë Morina

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