Brendon Carlin

Territorializing Interiors: Non-Typological Housing in Japan

Dr Pier Vittorio Aureli, Dr Maria Giudici

Since the end of the Second World War many examples of architect designed housing have tended towards non-typological: primitive-geometrical enclosures of empty space with increasingly blank or generic surfaces and more recently, enclosures that in the extreme lightness or blurriness of their material assemblies, defy legibility that space is being segmented and contained. This thesis will read selected examples in Japan since 1945 which when considered within their historical context, are indicative of both the accelerating dissolution of historical models and it seems, of any model at all. In absence of strategic, representational or expressive arrangements, new presence and (self)consciousness finds the possibility to emerge.