School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 3250: As If People Mattered

  • Heather Brierley

  • Michael Wood

  • Matthew Thompson

  • Matthew Thompson

As If People Mattered

Spring Semester 2011

Matthew Finn

Course Description:
With a title borrowed from Clare Cooper-Marcus’ book Housing as if People Mattered, this workshop seeks to discover the distinctly architectural aspects of housing.

Through the housing boom and bust of the past decade we and the young people around us have been bombarded with the notion that housing is a primarily an investment vehicle.

Any conversations about the places we live as livable, or safe, or even designed have nearly vanished. At the height of the housing boom, artist Jason Salavon produced a collection of composite prints using about 100 images of houses for sale in different metropolitan areas.

The message is clear, housing has become incredibly generic, siteless, and bland. Even more troubling, the size and isolation of the housing stock represents a remarkable mismatch between trends in household size and makeup over the coming decades.


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