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Our archetype of dwelling is seldom imagined as a prefabricated apartment enclosed in a repetitive forest of high-rise towers of a large housing estate. Yet those settings make up places to live for many urban residents. As such, they become places of attachment, belonging, identity, even if appearing as the least accommodating for such qualities. The particular spatial arrangements, material settings, and perhaps in no lesser part voids and absences, which mark the housing estate as a residential typology, frame lived experience of its residents in the city and embody a particular mode of engendering and inhabiting space there. What mechanisms are put to work into its formation beyond planning decisions, urban design guidelines, dictates of construction, imperatives of housing market and numerous other considerations? How could we reflect upon the nature of space found there, foregrounding it over the above considerations and making it the focus of our inquiry from human-geographical perspective? Which actors and processes are participating in it, and which role is there to play for a distinct urban form of a housing estate? Touching upon the above questions, the talk will reflect on constitutive relations between material settings and lived places framed by it, and how one could be read through the other.
About the Speaker
I’m an urban planner with an interdisciplinary background. I hold a master’s degree in urban development and urban planning from TU Darmstadt, Germany, and Université Grenoble Alpes, France. Currently affiliated with Spatial Modelling Lab, TU Dortmund, Germany. My research bridges urban morphology, human geography, and urban planning. In particular, I work with a residential typology of large housing estates, using place as a conceptual tool to understand its spatial composition and form.
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