Advisors: Junho Chun, Joseph GodlewskiMarcos Parga

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.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 9:30am-4:30pm, room 401

Internal Critics: Timothy Stenson, Molly Hunker

9:30am Olivia Dellacava
Collective Autonomy
10:05am Dara Jin
Woven Tensions
10:40am Rachel Ly & Ying Na Li & Skylar Sun
Vesseled Cultures
11:15am Xinran Min & Linjing Rao
Infrastructure Redefined
11:50am Jing Ying Chin & Alice Rong & Tanya Tungkaserawong
12:25-1pm Lunch
1pm Jasmine Greytok & Astra Sun
Home All (Y)Our Own
1:35pm Megha Murali
2:10pm Anusha Shikre
Claiming Culture
2:45pm Tony Li
Ivory Tower Vanity
3:20pm Grant “Lex” Portelli
Jetsam of Babel
3:55pm Felipe Becerra
Decentralizing the Common Border