Advisors: Marcos Parga, Joseph Godlewski, Junho Chun

The concept of private ownership has been under scrutiny in recent years. Co-housing and micro-housing with shared amenities, spaces and responsibilities are now familiar in urban areas globally. British commons have long served those who have little access to commodified resources. Some survivors of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant explosions in Japan have moved to koh properties, traditional system of sharing land and services, so that the communities that lost their hometowns can stay together. Instead of private corporations owning the drilling rights, oil in the state of Alaska is understood as a common natural resource, and the profit from the sales is distributed among all local residents.

This turn in the concept of ownership attest to the fact that architecture is an active participant in the construction of the city, suburbs, the rural, and the natural, and an agent in realizing a political and cultural project in the environment we share. The concept of shared ownership reimagines architecture beyond the object-icon dimension in which it is trapped today.

This thesis committee will focus on sharing and its impacts on architecture. Contrary to a romantic notion of the olden days, today’s shared resources cause conflicts. From border walls, wars over precious metals and refugee camps, to communes, gated communities and micro-housing, they all call to question who owns which resource, who decides and what the consequences may be for our environment and architecture. We welcome student projects that grapple with sharing resources and how architecture may contribute to and critique it.

wednesday, december 15, 9:30am-4:30pm, room 402

Projects by: Felipe Becerra Gomez; Jing Ying Chin, Alice Rong & Tanya Tungkaserawong; Fernando Claudio; Olivia Dellacava; Jasmine Greytok & Astra Sun; Dara Jin; Tony Li; Rachel Ly, Ying Na Li & Skylar Sun; Xinran Min & Linjing Rao; Megha Murali; Grant Portelli; Anusha Shikre