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Residential Buildings and Architectural Design

Proposed in 2010; established in 2011


Birgit Jürgenhake
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Architecture
Delft, The Netherlands
Ahsen Ozsoy
Istanbul Technical University
Faculty of Architecture
Istanbul, Turkey

Central theme

This workshop focuses on relationships between architecture, urban design and people. The main topics are:

  • the development of residential houses under diverse historical, cultural, political, economical circumstances
  • the reflection of socio-economic and cultural characteristics of inhabitants on spatial arrangement of residential buildings and urban units
  • sustainability of residential buildings, adaptability of buildings and urban units to different programmes and uses
  • social, political and economical forces that shape the form of residential buildings and complexes within cities
  • architectural and urban design of residential buildings in the process of transformation of cities.

The working group was proposed in 2010 and established in 2011. Its main topic has developed from the wide range of architecture–community relationships towards the questions of public space in cities, transformations of an urban tissue under different economical a social conditions and the development of architectural form.

Activities in 2017
In 2017, originally 7 papers were accepted to the workshop but unfortunately only 3 people arrived to the conference and presented. Each participant had 15 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for the peer review and another 10 minutes for the general discussion. The topics of three presentations were as follows:

  • modular and flexible sheltering systems for refugees
  • the influence of high-rise dwellings on the city identity and place attachment in Tirana
  • low-rise high density housing and quality of life in Tirana.

Plans for 2018
We would like to invite researchers who are interested in architectural design of residential buildings to participate in the workshop. The focus can be on the interior relationships within a building as well as the buildings´ surrounding. We particularly welcome papers developing the following topics:

  • the analysis of different strategies in the design of residential buildings or their adaptation and transformation
  • the analysis of development processes that help buildings to be more open and flexible for change of use
  • the incorporation of local people or prospective inhabitants in the design process
  • the analysis of public space from the perspective of its value for the residential area
  • dwelling as a reflection of diverse territorial needs of its inhabitants
  • cultural differences in the use of dwellings and their direct surrounding
  • cultural differences in use of the public, collective and private domains of a residential building.

For any questions please contact us on the addresses on the top.