March 20, 2013
De Citadel. Christian de Portzamparc. Almere. The Netherlands. Image: Luuk Kramer
"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".
Extract from the introduction to the book DBOOK, by Aurora Fernández Per and Javier Mozas.