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In Search of a Collective Form
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

One Project - Three Parts

My thesis is of an investigative character, and the focus has not been to end up with a result that is a building, but rather a collected material from an ongoing discussion on collective form, through the process of sketching on a building. I see the whole project as divided into three different parts, that are equally important.


The theoretical context has its basis in theory that tries move away from the singular. I have particularly studied Fumihiko Makis “Investigations of Collective Form” and parts of Stan Allens writings on “Field Conditions”, and these texts have been generators for the project. Theory also regards texts and discussion that I have assimilated during the work, as well as my own theoretical reflections. Reading, writing and discussing are essentail parts of the project and has continuously affected  the work.


I have chosen to focus on, and challenge, our notion of privacy and dwelling, and investigate in how we can live more collectively in our daily lives. I have sketched intuitively in physical models, and later on tried to push these free studies into a more complete building.  The context is Scandinavia today, and I have taken advantage of a site in Oslo to exemplify a situation while developing the house.


Parallell to theorizing and sketching I have kept a journal documenting the process. After finishing a model or sketch I have tried to evaluate it by discussing and writing about it, and stating how to move on from there. I never intended to stop the process at a certain date, but to continue the investigation as long as I could. This is once again another, quite outzoomed, context, that has to do with the architectural profession and how we can work, produce knowledge and investigate in different societal issues.

Parts from the journal, that have been significant for the development of the house, are presented in this book.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 93 p.
Keyword [en]
Collective Form, Residential housing, Group form, Theory, Process, Search
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118530OAI: diva2:607032
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Master of Architecture - Architecture
2013-01-16, Arkitekturskolan, Östermalmsgatan 26, 100 44 Stockholm, 08:30 (English)
Available from: 2013-05-17 Created: 2013-02-20 Last updated: 2013-05-17Bibliographically approved

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