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exhibition: Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

| Designbest editorial staff


our architects between present, past and future, and the same mission statement: communal spaces and urban living. Together! The New Architecture of the Collective is at the Vitra Design Museum from the 3rd June to the 10th September. Together! The New Architecture of the Collective is an unconventional exhibition which focuses on collective living.

Together! starts with an overview on social housing, which includes the Falansterio by Charles Fournie, squatter settlements in the eighties and early twentieth century garden cities. There are a variety of different examples on display in the first room: a 1884 Boston building with a communal kitchen to encourage social interaction, Le Corbusier’s Unité d’habitation in Marseille with community infrastructure like shops, assembly halls and schools, the Freidorf Housing Estate in Basel, Switzerland, which is an early example of large scale cooperative architecture.

In the next room, there’s an installation which includes twenty-one models of different large-scale residential cooperative projects in places like Zurich, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Seoul. These projects build an utopian city, and this brings about the subsequent thought: what will cities be like in the future? What will communal living be like in the future?

However, examples of communal living, buildings with shared spaces and co-housing projects have been around for quite some time now. Communal spaces have inevitably changed how we use private ones, a concept which has spread like wildfire in areas like squares, bars and corporate environments, changing conventional office life.

And as we reflect how urban spaces will evolve in the future, the third room appears. This is literally a new apartment, designed taking into account new ideas on communal living: a real size model of a home in a communal housing project which switches between private spaces with shared areas and where we can imagine the daily life of its inhabitants (with the help of fashion photographer Daniel Burchard).

The exhibition ends with a coworking space, which has a display with descriptive sheets from five different projects: Sargbfabrik in Vienna, Zwicky-Sud in Zurich, La Bordain Barcellona, R50 in Berlin and Apartments with Small Restaurant in Tokyo.

So, visitors are encouraged to reflect on the how the city has changed throughout the years, from metropolis in constant evolution with their blend of different cultures and new ways of living which rapidly take a foothold in society. And it’s in this precise setting that the urban space become a precious asset.

Where: Weil am Rhein, Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames Str. 2

When:: 3 June - 10 September 2017


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