Designing for Community: The Social and Spatial Construction of Danish Housing Architecture

By: Peter Stoll '15

Advising Faculty: Emily Morash

Discourse within the field of architecture has traditionally been limited in scope to debates on style, form, and morality. Going beyond this superficial level requires understanding the processes by which the built environment is socially produced.

Drawing on Manuel Castells’ theory of urban social change, and a wide variety of primary and secondary source research, this thesis investigates housing architecture in Denmark since the end of the Second World War. Specifically, it seeks to address a fundamental question about the character of Danish housing: how have the processes of social and spatial production in Danish housing architecture resulted in the notable penchant in Denmark for designing for community?

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Related Fields: Architectural Studies, Art History