COOPERATIVE ARCHITECTURE Creative and Social Design Modes as Urban Practice


  • Riccarda Cappeller




Directing towards future modes for architectural design in existing urban contexts, the concept of cooperative architecture is defined, looking not only at future urban spaces lived, used and designed in cooperation, but also the representation, understanding and communication of space as well as ways of working at the intersection with other disciplines. To start the discussion three reference projects were examined, showing the complexity of their social and spatial relations as a curated exhibition thought as format for exchange and discussion. Highlighting the spatial qualities, atmosphere and cultural capacity of the cooperative architectures understood as lived spaces, qualitative research methods and an inventive exploration helped to bring together the collected material and try a first categorization. Curation in this sense is used as a research tool to experiment and reflect, positioning the act of researching in a changing and interdisciplinary context that opts towards a future process of architecture and urban design as creative and social attitude.


Keywords: Lived Space, cooperative architecture, creative and social design methods, cultural heritage

Thematic clusters: 1. City and project Topic: Urban design and public space






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