The Happy City: Home. A Threshold between the private and the collective

The Happy City: Home. A Threshold between the private and the collective

A successfully vital city development can be measured on its capacity to attract very diverse inhabitants to facilitate social cohesion, inclusiveness and collaboration. The verb ‘to inhabit’ comes from the Latin ‘habitare’, which relates to ‘habere’, to own. In this respect, there is an intrinsic meaning of ownership related to the topic of housing.

The Unit investigates the Canada Water masterplan (under approval) to test innovative hybrid typologies of housing and to promote a strong relationship between the private and the collective space, through the design of live-work affordable, intergenerational housing complexes for people to generate potential long-term affection to the place. Starting with the re-design of a housing prototype, we proceed analysing the structure of the Canada Water masterplan, to then develop a small part of it at the detail scale of its structure, layout and materiality.