Endemic Architecture


There is an old tale of two lovers (Pyramus and Thisbe) seperated by a wall dividing two feuding families in contiguous houses. The two young lovers whisper to eachother through a crack in the wall and devise a plan to flee their homes and escape into their love (like all old tales, however, it ends in tragedy). However, it points to the notion that the party wall both unifies and divides. As perhaps the most urban of all architectual elements, the seriality of the party wall is simultaneously a source of urban order and neighborly interactions. Here, the party wall (liberated from its obligations to property rights and fire spread prevention) has been reconcieved as a device capable of spurring new imaginations and forms of neighborliness. Discontinuous in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions, these party walls offer shared spaces and amenities between adjacent units. The exterior is fronted by a colonnade, which on the interior form a series of front rooms, skylights, and occuli. 
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