This thesis is concerned with the application of agency in relation to personal possession. Through an investigation of the intersection of existing typologies and contemporary technologies,
“Domestic Influx” endeavors to establish a platform for the creation of a novel model for private housing, supporting program, which works in conjunction with individual users to accommodate and facilitate changing needs with maximum efficiency.
Through the collapse and expansion of certain programmatic elements, “Domestic InFlux” utilizes an overlapping of typologies that allows occupants to exert augmented control over the square footage in their domain.
Today’s house is larger and the average family is smaller than in the past. There is a current trend towards increased segmentation inside homes, isolating program to areas that have been predefined by inflexible architecture. In the last 30 years, programmatic organization has been largely influenced by developments in technology. Climate control technologies have allowed user to combat their environment rather than utilize and take advantage of it. As technology develops and the world becomes more efficient, so should the house.
Ambivalence and contradiction is the condition of today’s world. We want to live in the city, but we also want to live in a mansion. We want more ”stuff,” but we don’t want to look at it. What we truly “want,” is an architecture that recognizes “special occasions” for what they are; routine occurrences which systematically break the requirements of everyday existence through special conditions, such as increased occupancy, ornamentation, or unique programmatic requirements and provides for them even if that space remains unoccupied for most of the year. With “Domestic InFlux” a mansion can be fit into a row house, turning it in to a veritable “Swiss Army” house – a house for every need.
The “Domestic InFlux” house is no longer passive. It is interactive and dynamic, influencing the way we perceive space and its opportunities at every scale – including the scale of the neighborhood.
The ability for communities and cities to adapt to their residents is a central benefit of the Domestic InFlux project. Along with the ability to adapt to needs in private residences, the Domestic InFlux house, when implemented in aggregation, facilitates the production of flexible communal, multi-user interstitial space that encourage dynamic community growth, connectivity, and social exchange.
Domestic InFlux Drawings
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