DBOOK
Density, data, diagrams, dwellings

May 30, 2008

DBOOK<br>Density, data, diagrams, dwellings

DBOOK. Density, data, diagrams, dwellings summary

DBOOK is based on a group of 64 collective housing projects, analysed because of their contribution to the dense city. After the publication of Density, New Collective Housing, DBOOK is the next step in the sharing of examples that will promote the compact development of urban settlements. In both publications exist differences that are typical of a path that is in the process of creation, on which new travellers appear.

In the first issues of a+t on Density, we expressed our concern over indiscriminate land occupation and the conversion of the countryside into suburbs. Five years later, this tendency towards dispersion continues, though sustainability criteria are becoming more and more integrated into urban planning standards and the rise of density in new plans is now widespread.
The unorganised invasion of the environment is often justified by the expensive price of urban land and the need for larger homes. Moreover, the freedom to choose one’s residence is no minor argument for those who have dreams of green prairies with the promising independence of a single-family home, of the semi-detached home or even a row house, as opposed to that routine of stairs and lift. To complete that landscape, large consumer centres that are strategically placed next to motorways offer drivers a world of lowpriced pleasure.
What should be done about such a panorama? Is there any possiblity for collective housing to be wanted by city dwellers? Is it true that urban centres will soon be inhabited only by the well-off and those at a disadvantage? What advantages can apartment life offer when the price per metre is more expensive than that of a single family house? Is it worth walking all the way to the supermarket when there are only two kinds of jam? What is the point of cultural activities if everything is on Internet? Is it true that collective transport makes dispersion even easier? Is there anyone who has never had problems with their fellow flat-owners? Does density not cause many of the conflicts that arise in coexistence?
We do not honestly have an answer to any of these questions. We have only a selection of projects that give breath to the hope that life in common is still possible and that it improves when architectural conditions improve.

ARCHITECTS
3+1 ARCHITECTS

AART

ADH/WORKSTATION

ALEXIS LÓPEZ, XAVIER DÍAZ

ARANGO ARQUITECTOS


ARKITEMA


ARONS EN GELAUFF ARCHITECTEN


ATELIER KAAMA / ATELIER THER


B01


BAUMSCHLAGER & EBERLE


BÉAL ET BLANCKAERT, STEPHANE BEEL


BELZUNCE, D. MAURIÑO, G. MILLÁN


BIG, JDS (PLOT)


BRENAC & GONZALEZ


C. F. MØLLER


C+A COELACANTH AND ASSOCIATES


CAMENZIND EVOLUTION


CARLOS DE RIAÑO


CARLOS FERRATER


CHRISTIAN DE PORTZAMPARC


CLAUS EN KAAN ARCHITECTEN


COLL-LECLERC ARQUITECTOS


CRISTÓBAL MANCHEÑO SANTANA


DE ARCHITEKTEN CIE


DE LA PUERTA, BURGOS


DELLEKAMP ARQUITECTOS


DELUGAN MEISSL


DOMUS


EDOUARD FRANÇOIS


EM2N


EMBT ARQUITECTES


FEILDEN CLEGG BRADLEY


FINK + JOCHER


FRANEK ARCHITECTS


FROETSCHER LICHTENWAGNER


GEISWINKLER & GEISWINKLER


GERNERºGERNER PLUS


GLUCKMAN MAYNER ARCHITECTS


HAWORTH TOMPKINS


HELENA PAVER NJIRIC


JAVIER GARCÍA-SOLERA


JOSEP LLINÁS


KENGO KUMA


KLEIN DYTHAM ARCHITECTURE


LALOU + LEBEC


LETILOVIC VLAHOVIC


LLUIS CLOTET / IGNACIO PARICIO


LWPAC


MACCREANOR LAVINGTON


MICHAEL MALTZAN ARCHITECTURE


MILLER & MARANTA


MVRDV / JJW ARKITEKTER


NIALL MACLAUGHLIN ARCHITECTS


PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS


PETER BARBER ARCHITECTS


POOL ARCHITEKTEN


RYUE NISHIZAWA


SDM ARQUITECTURA


S-M.A.O.

VALERO & JIMÉNEZ TORRECILLAS

WILL BRUDER ARCHITECTS


WOHA

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

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