Today's urban society is facing great upheavals and challenges. At times of global socio-economic, political, and ecological unrest, we are forced to rethink the ways in which we come together as communities. Architecture must move away from image and monumentality to rather emphasising synergies, rituals, and cooperation, encouraging people to share, connect and collaborate.

Despite the increasing individuality of the contemporary life, humans yearn to connect with one another and stand behind common values. This need has been clearly stated in the recent years in political and non-political movements, where people came together to find answers to complex problems rooted in our society – the #metoo movement, Black Lives Matter, Fridays for future, self-organised groups in help of refugees, Deutsche Wohnen enteignen, etc. are just few examples to mention.

This phenomenon has direct implication in the field of architecture. As more and more households come together to achieve diverse and dignified spaces of inhabitation, emerging communities demand equity, inclusion, and spatial identity, and large groups of displaced people seek for places in which they feel home in an inclusive society, Architects could offer their support and vision to help these processes to define new and alternative ways of being together.

Every space has an impact on existing social dynamics. By looking for everyday situations of cooperation, that provides creativity, transference, and transversality of ideas, architects can contribute to reinforce new kinds of collectivity.

During the coming semester we would like to challenge students to define spatial typologies that are universal and inclusive for people to coexist and thrive in their plurality, where a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and opinions have a big potential to create innovation.