Utopia(n) x _Perceptions

Any community is dependent upon some combination of living, working, and community space. The proportion of each, how they interact, as well as the architectural character, are what makes each community unique. The pragmatic utopia can be defined as the interaction of (co)housing and (co)working with commercial third places and public as well as institutional third places. These components combine to form a set of rules to establish a utopian environment.

The idea is to form integrated networking that facilitates social interaction. It sets the framework to not only define the society but also the architectural implications associated with it. This thesis will question the status quo and reprogram how we might live towards a more utopian ideal.

In this thesis, Live/Work Together will be an attempt to shift the focus towards housing and working spaces as the key elements for a large-scale transformation of the city. At the basis of this thesis lies the ambition to rethink the idea of housing as an apparatus where form, economy and dwelling converge with each other. Yet today, Post covid, the most typical domestic activities, have become forms of exploitation.

Given the realm/nature of working in this era, I am imagining a hypothetical site or no site specific solution but an approach towards what can be the best way to achieve co-living and co-housing as an utopian model of itself.  This drawing has works of “Imaginary Places for Mundane Activities: Works by Max Guther”, Amphitheatre of Acrosanti, the wall of Carthusian monastery, a perspective image of phalanstery and the diving spiritual space of Matri mandir in Auroville. Different daily activities of living, working, entertainment, gardening, etc will be closely looked at, questioned and reperceived.