Theses

The thesis will put forward a critique of domestication through a close reading of selected examples of Japanese housing since 1950 which tend towards a condition to be referred to here as non-typological. These examples emerged during periods of unprecedented socio-economic rupture; when contextualised, these examples might reveal knowledge and a set of strategies crucial to open alternative possibilities for architecture and life.

This thesis argues that flexibility, antithetically, operates as an architectural tool towards the transformation of spaces that become far from being ‘free’, and instead alienate and restrict their inhabitants. In a period during which production has become a totalizing condition and has spread into the entire city, flexibility translates into a contemporary disguise covering the rigidity and stiffness of the market.

[…] Despite having quite controversial agendas, these examples share a crucial pedagogical dimension: they have turned gardening into a sort of self-care and, therefore, of inherent resilience. Hence this research poses a dialectic relationship between historical analysis and design methodology, in which it re-appropriates this knowledge to propose collective gardens that challenge mainstream ideas of ownership, especially in cities under real-estate pressure.

This thesis studies the ritual of pilgrimage towards Jerusalem, from the city’s formation to today. It will unfold both chronologically but also thematically, exploring the fabrication of sacred landscapes, the importance of movement in ritual, the politics of heritage and preservation, and the formation of collective memory.

The research investigates an architecture of seemingly minor or banal objects with nevertheless enormous territorial implications: markers, outposts, stations, and centers of sovereignty. Ultimately, the thesis will explore the possibility of defining sovereignty as a material condition becoming apparent through human-made spatial facts on the ground at various scales and technologies.

The thesis puts forward an interpretation of the management of domestic space through the transformation of the concept of the private within the socio-economic regime known as neoliberalism, exposing housing privatization as a public-private partnership strategy that not only established new contractual relationships, but also a change of ethos and culture.

Brazil is the territory of the encounter with “another nature”, where a continuous negotiation between exploitation and the impossibility of a complete domination generates a tension that cannot be resolved thus constantly re-emerges in the cultural, social and politico-economical milieu.