Norwich University Presents Architect Antje Steinmuller on Co-Living


September 27, 2018

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents “Living Together: Negotiating Domestic Boundaries,” a presentation by Antje Steinmuller, an architectural designer whose work incorporates the interactions of citizen-led and city-regulated processes in the creation of urban space. Free and open to the public, this talk is on Friday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Steinmuller is Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA), where as Associate Director of the Urban Works Agency, CCA’s urban research lab, she has led collaborations with the San Francisco Planning Department; Raumlabor, Berlin; Basurama, Madrid and European universities. Before moving to the U.S., she worked on a range of projects in offices across Germany, including the Berlin Parliamentary Offices with Braunfels Architekten. She earned her first architecture degree at Technische Universitaet Berlin and acquired an M.Arch. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a John K. Branner Fellow and received the Henry Adams Medal and the Howard Friedman Thesis Prize. She investigates new typologies of urban areas, new forms of collective living, and the integration of architecture in relation to the current housing crisis. Steinmuller is also Principal at Studio Urbis, an architecture, urban design and research practice in Berkeley, and co-founder of ideal x design, a design consultancy focused on the conditions and opportunities of public spaces in transition.

Steinmuller’s lecture will focus on aspects of co-living. An increased migration to cities in recent decades has compounded pressures on urban land, opening up the divide between those who can afford property and those who are living in precarious conditions to gain access to the economic opportunities the city historically offers. Rising land values have encouraged development models that commodify land in increasingly homogenous ways. The mass production of sameness of architecture has collided with urban populations that are increasingly heterogeneous. Against this backdrop, new typologies of commoning domestic space—communes, coliving, cooperatives, amongst others—have emerged to create domestic spaces that more precisely reflect contemporary values and a diversity of needs.

Steinmuller combines her research on co-living typologies with reflections on how architecture, and the architect, can become an agent in developing housing that reflects diverse contemporary lifestyles. Drawing on her experiences as a researcher and practitioner, her talk pairs lessons from her analytical and speculative work with the Urban Works Agency with examples of built projects from her practice with Studio Urbis.

The School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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