Intermediate 6 Woojin Kim, The New Collective, 2016-17 - exploration of an adaptive architecture to accommodate new forms of collective living, offering mechanisms for residents to create a wide range of localised shared activities in a self-organised manner.

The Everyday Transfigured

Jeroen van Ameijde, Brendon Carlin

I am a beginning.
I am a community project of individualists.
I am an attempt to create closeness without compulsion.
I am quarrelsome and obnoxious, quiet and comfortable.
I am a chaos workshop - with indisputable success.
- Kraftwerk 1, Cooperative Housing in Zurich

The notions of opportunity and freedom traditionally associated with the metropolis are shifting in cities driven by speculation. Hyper-inflated property costs in places such as Tokyo have led to a stranglehold on those forced to squeeze out every last drop of space, time and productivity. In London, a surging array of corporations have hijacked the idea of sharing, expanding for-profit models of co-living, co-working and co-riding that drive up costs. A lack of ownership would appear to set us free, inviting nomadic, adventurous, flexible and open ways of living. Often though, these are marketing ploys that disguise the nature of the relationship between business and stakeholders and ultimately tend to eliminate diversity, spontaneity and the self-organisation of culture.

This year Intermediate 6 will re-imagine housing as an architectural framework for live, work and play. We will study past and current experimental projects such as Zurich's Kalkbreite, which combines a multitude of domestic unit types around common kitchens, baths and cultural spaces, challenging concepts of strangers and family. We will co-opt existing tendencies in London and re-orient them towards radical proposals for new types of cooperative economic, programmatic and spatial models. We will reject freedom and possessions as individual claims to be "conquered and defended" and instead re-situate freedom as that which is to be experienced "in and as a relationship" to others. The appreciation of conflict, diversity and differences as perpetual, desirable and beautiful will allow us to conceive of new forms of living together, setting the stage for the construction of new forms of architecture.

Unit Staff

Jeroen van Ameijde has taught at the AA since 2007 and is the director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the AADRL and has lectured, published and taught workshops internationally.

Brendon Carlin Unit Master of Intermediate 6 since 2011, is also an AA PhD candidate, director of AAVS Tropicality, and co-founder of Urban Systems. Lecturing, teaching, learning and practising architecture on six continents within a mix of institutions has kept him busy since 2007.


AA School of Architecture Admissions (Undergraduate)
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

T: +44 (0)20 7887 4051
F: +44 (0)20 7414 0779

Links & Downloads

More Details

Extended Brief

Projects Review 2017

More Information


Prospectus 2017-18
AA Prospectus

Foundation Course Booklet
Foundation Course Booklet

Undergraduate Course Booklet
Undergraduate Course Booklet


Share |

The Architectural Association, Inc. is a Registered Charity Incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No.171402. Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

Click here to read the AA’s latest review report.

Click here to read the AA’s latest action plan.