Studio Class at UC Berkeley
Studio Class at UC Berkeley

Design Strategies for Contemporary Demands

This project was developed by Daniel Gonçalves as a student from Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo (FAU USP) and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Housing category.

The technological revolution started in the end of the 20th century, whose consequences extend and continue to transform the twenty-first century, is a very important event, responsible for profound social changes in the contemporary world. With the advent of the Internet as a way of communication, physical barriers have given space to the connected world, allowing direct contact between different cultures and ideals, which in turn create globalized desires and patterns of consumption and behavior. This scenario of constant exchange of information has impacted on social dynamics, resulting in new demands for physical spaces, which constantly change to meet new activities created throught the conviviality with the media and digital technologies.

In this context, it is very important to consider in a design that the spacial demands, especially living spaces, are constantly changing in smaller time intervals, requiring an intelligent approach to propose solutions that can meet the changing desires. Unlike an immutable architecture design, which commonly considers only the immediate needs of the user, a contemporary housing design must consider the frequent transformations of the society, proposing solutions that, using current technology, can offer the necessary adaptability, allowing the building to meet the future space needs of the user.

As a proposal considering these issues, the design approaches solutions for the social demands of the contemporary world, with a specific focus on residential buildings. For this, a single-family housing design was developed, guided by concepts and strategies that sought in innovation to exploit mainly the flexibility and usability of spaces. Also, the project presents itself as a manifesto about the role of the professional architect in the development of new strategies for the residences at the beginning of the millennium.