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ARK137 - Future visions for healthcare, housing and work 2: Housing inventions
Rum för hälsa, boende och arbete 2: Bostadsformer och utveckling
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-04 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
22,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering

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Teaching language: English
Application code: 05113
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 30

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Project 9,5 c Grading: TH   9,5 c    
0217 Project 13,0 c Grading: TH   13,0 c    

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ARK135   Space for healtcare, housing and work 2B. Housing ARK136   Future visions for healthcare, housing and work 2: Housing inventions


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualification for the master programme.


The aim of this Master class studio work on Rethinking Housing is to advance and to deepen the insight into residential and housing architectural design. The course is building upon the basic housing course of the second year. The focus is put on conceptual rethinking of contemporary housing architecture that will be applied to a limited project set in Göteborg and/or in another country. Close cooperation is established with local housing companies like HSB, AB Framtiden, SABO and the city planning offices in order to develop a joint climate of experimental invention in a search for new relevant architectural qualities of residence. The studio is part of an established Nordic-Baltic research network dedicated to the issues of residential spaces and home cultures open for occasions of international exchange.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Possess knowledge of emergent issues affecting social- and ecological sustainability, relevant for housing design.
-       Practice a widened perspective of the urban dwelling and use this as an essential tool in both housing- research and design.
-       Obtain a critical view on current societal factors influencing residential design.
-       Perform advanced architectural analysis on housing situations and produce adequate solutions to emerging new potential future demands on the housing market
-       Apply widened insights on experimental and innovative best practices in the European context to future housing designs in order to foster innovation


The studio work will start with lectures and seminars on the social history of housing, new theoretical approaches and examples of best practices within a widened international scope. Site analysis will follow this phase and different angles of approach to confronted problems are addressed through a series of sketching exercises using tools dedicated to housing design. Model work is considered of crucial importance. A minor study trip will also be organized.


Eleb, Monique & Anne Debarre, (1995). L-invention de l-habitation moderne, Hazan, Paris
Eleb, Monique & Anne Debarre-Blanchard, (1989). Architectures de la vie privée. Maisons et Mentalités XVIIe-XIXe siècles. [Introduction de Michelle Perrot.] AAM/Hazan, Bruxelles/Paris
Gausa, Manuel & Jaime Salazar (1999). Single-family housing: the private domain, Barcelona, Birkhäuser. 
Gromark, Sten & Fredrik Nilsson, (2006). utforskande arkitektur [eng. exploring architecture]. Axl books Stockholm
Gromark, Sten, (2007). -Extreme housing : La cité manifeste, Mulhouse 2005-, Paper presented to the CB W69 Conference Housing Frontiers in Port Elisabeth, South Africa, feb 2007.
Leach, Neil, (2006). Camouflage, MIT Press
Nylander, Ola & Sten Gromark, eds, et al (2007 forthcoming). Bostadens rum - arkitekter om bostadens kvaliteter, [eng. Spaces of Residence - architects on housing qualities], Chalmers Arkitektur, tema modern arkitektur & boende
Nylander, Ola, (1999). Bostaden som arkitektur, Byggtjänst, Stockholm.
Nylander, Ola, (2002). The architecture of the Home, Academy Press, London
Riley, Terence, (1999). The Un-Private House, Moma, NY

Examination including compulsory elements

Critics are organized with a midterm occasion and a final critical seminar with invited guest critics eventually combined with a public exhibition event in collaboration with housing companies.

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