This year, through the lens of Architectural Behaviorology, we focus on designing architecture for new livelihoods, aiming to design Urban Rural Commons. Small rural communities engaged in farming and cattle raising have been important not only for national food supply but also for a sustainable ecosystem between human and nature. Today, however, these communities struggle to find the next generation. Their traditional village-scape, skills and crafts integrated with local nature and culture have been expelled by more industrialized processes and imports.
Our field of study in the autumn semester will be in the valley of Goms, in Wallis.
The notion of Urban Rural Commons is understood as the possibility to consider both rural and urban commons, as well as a possible interaction between the two. Students will examine the existing actor network of the livelihood with cattle raising, visualizing them by actor network drawings with ethnographic approach. Then, through drawings and models, the students will propose an architectural project to intervene in the network and establish Urban Rural Commons, for a better future of the Goms valley.