ARCH 301 focuses on the design of a medium- small scale urban hybrid housing complex that, within a wide component of residential units, includes a variety of different integrated functions. The housing component serves as a typological framework to test a set of basic principles in the design of buildings. The course mainly promotes the construction of an integrated urban community where students are expected to explore concepts such as social housing, experimental communal living, cohousing, collective living, community housing, and experiment new configurations of private and public sphere, where some services and facilities are in common. The reference framework is that of a series of domestic dwellings supplemented by shared activities (co-working - co-production, cooking, dining, childcare, gardening, and governance of the community), and shared facilities (common kitchen, dining room, laundry, offices, guest rooms, and recreational spaces). The design of such a communal housing, due both to its peculiar typology of dwelling and building (less compartmentalized the former, more specialized the latter), offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore and question the very idea of domestic habitat, the ultimate role of communal life, new and alternative relationships between private and public realms.

For the Fall Semester 2021-2022, ARCH 301 studios continued to explore new residential landscapes in Ankara. The studios offered two independent design processes for the coordinated sections. The contextual studios followed a design method that prioritizes site forces, whereas the conceptual studios were initiated with studies on development of design strategies that were more abstract and dependent on the autonomous aspects of architectural thinking.

2021 Fall Instructors:Özge Selen Duran (Course Coordinator), Giorgio Gasco, Mark Paul Frederickson, Chen-Yu Chiu, Berna Tanverdi, Alp Giray Köse

Teaching Assistants:Ezgi Nur Güngör