Term: Fall 2023
Section: 6
Class Number: 509
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes
Course Brief

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Domestic Collectives

What do our homes say about us as individuals and as a society, and how is this expressed through architecture and urbanism? In Domestic Collectives we will look broadly at the topic of housing, the building typology where the space of our domestic lives (the house) and the collective (the community or city) meet. Housing is defined equally by universals such as the need for shelter and specifics such as location. It is also created through the procedures and protocols produced by economics, demographics, politics, race, and gender. While no one seminar can offer a comprehensive take on housing, Domestic Collectives will offer multiple frames of analysis. What makes a house a home? What makes a house housing? What are the impediments to providing safe, equitable, and affordable housing today? How do we study housing as simultaneously a project of architecture and an object of real estate? Domestic Collectives will weave together multiple themes in recognition of the intersectional nature of “housing.” It will open the traditional understanding of the morphology and typology of housing to contemporary discourses of feminism, gender, and queer space; the reshaping of the city by neoliberalism; and urgent conversations around social and spatial justice.


Wed 8:30-11:30am  3154 A&AB


Sharon Haar