Adding to the already increasing difficulty for most people to afford to live in cities, the ongoing global pandemic has suddenly put in question the previously uncontested sustainable benefits of inhabiting in highly dense environments.
We will work on a mid-density neighbourhood, so common in Danish cities, as a model that can be improved for the near and far future.
This semester we will continue exploring alternatives to these challenges, focusing on long-term models for collective habitation. We will explore buildings that allow a wider range of inhabitants to not only spend their whole life in them, ageing in place, but also to be able to pass them from generation to generation, welcoming the slow-pace of changes in decades and centuries. Human beings don’t grow roots, but could still hold the place of their ancestors.
The site will be located in the block between Sjællandsgade, Sølystgade, Ny Munkegade and Samsøgade in Aarhus, amidst a residential area where a rich diversity of residential typologies coexist. Within this block, each student will delimitate its own chosen site. The only restriction is that no existing building can be torn down or included as part of the program in the proposal.
Taking into account the learnings from the Workshop on Long-lasting habitation, each student will develop her/his own housing program through the analysis and development of current and future potential inhabitants needs.
Only these initial constraints should be followed:
– Inhabitants should be able to age in place
– Each living unit can be passed from generation to generation
– The building should last at least for ten generations
– Minimum number of living units: 4
-Maximum total floor area (bruttoetagereal): 1.200 m2 – The structure should be mainly built out of wood
– Maximum height: 3 stories plus roof
– The program can be arranged in more than one volume
-The outdoor space surrounding your building is also part of your proposal
From these initial requirements, each student should develop her/his own specific program that responds to her/his approach to the assignment. As an opportunity to further develop the knowledge on timber building systems, we encourage you to use wood as the structural material, which is specially suited for the preexisting conditions we will find on site.