by Teresa Rädler from Institute of Architecture and Planning, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Tutored by: Prof. Dipl.-Arch. Eth/Sia Dietrich Schwarz, Dipl.Ing. Martin Mackowitz

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The project "COMMON" focuses on the design of an Urban Kibbutz in relation to space, identity, diversity and a holistic perception of spatial and urban quality. In this context, the proposed design in Jerusalem aims to render a comprehensive approach towards a common habitat which considered regional strategies of sustainable development as well as the local qualities in terms of program, spatial offer, sensual experience and a local lifestyle.

In consideration of the potential of an Urban Kibbutz for the establishment of a community where the appreciation of difference can establish a territory of fruitful dialogue, collaboration and a local identity, the design is developed into a dense network of interior, exterior and landscape spaces. To translate values and potentials of communal living into spatial quality the architecture is shaped by a combination of private and shared spaces. Thereby the shared neighborhood- and landscape spaces shape a spatial fabric where agricultural terraces and built neighborhoods interlock and shape a diversity of spatial characteristics and experiences that translate the concept of the Kibbutz into the local expression of a high-quality habitat. Urbanity is shaped through a combination of different local dimensions of density, which incorporate atmosphere, sensual experience, neighborhood relationships and social as well as spatial diversity into the spatial fabric and foster urban quality and the establishment of a local identity.

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