Studio 09

Integrative Housing;Home, WORK, WELLNESS

Isun Kazerani | Housing Focus

Studio Description

This studio probes the reframing of a holistic view towards integrating multiple facets of wellbeing in multi-residential developments. The aim is to develop new design models for multi-residential buildings with a more flexible spatial configuration, where the design of apartment units and shared spaces are more adaptable to the inhabitants’ mind/body health and their new forms of workplace.

Wellness studio and shared working spaces are the programs, which will be integrated in the design of the residential building through testing out different design models. Bodily movement and its different modes, as important index of mind and body wellbeing, will inform the development of different design models. The concept of mindfulness will also inform the design about the intertwined relationship between mind and the body and the integration of the programs in the residential buildings.

Studio Outcome

The studio will result in the design of a multi-residential building, which integrates a new typology of a wellness studio and a workplace in the design of the interior and shared spaces of a multi-residential building. We will apply the design intervention at the micro-scale of the apartment units as well as the marco scale of the entire building. The studio process involves the study of the site through different mapping techniques and precedent study of the relevant multi-residential buildings. Diagramming methods will be used to test out different design models for integration of the programs in the residential building. The outcome needs to demonstrate how the proposed design model and the integration of work and well being programs have improved movement and mindfulness of the residents.

Studio Leader

Dr. Isun A Kazerani is an architecture practitioner and academic. She runs her Architecture research-based practice and has taught Design theory and mainly studio subjects at multiple Architecture schools within Australia. She is the founder of "Integrative Housing; Home, Work, Wellness" and been collaborating with different academics and practitioners to publicly advocate the project. She was a partner at Mpavilion18 and has hosted an event on the same topic at Melbourne Knowledge week 2019.

Readings & References

  • Coombes, Emma, Andrew P. Jones, and Melvyn Hillsdon. 2010. "The relationship of physical activity and overweight to objectively measured green space accessibility and use." Social Science & Medicine 70, 816-822.
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  • Prochorskaite, Agne, et al. "Housing Stakeholder Preferences for the "Soft" Features of Sustainable and Healthy Housing Design in the UK." International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health 13, (2017) no. 1
  • Robert R., Blake, Rhead Clifton C., Wedge Bryant, and Mouton Jane Srygley. 1956. "Housing Architecture and Social Interaction." Sociometry no. 2: 133.
  • Costa Duran, S. (2009). "High density housing architecture". Loft Publications.
  • Gandini, Alessandro. "The rise of coworking spaces: A literature review." Ephemera: Theory & Politics In Organization 15, no. 1 (2015): 193-205
  • DI McCloskey - "Kinesthetic sensibility".Physiological reviews, 1978 - physiology.org
  • Webb, Michael. "Building community; New apartment Architecture",Thames & Hudson, (2017):0500343306

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