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In my research, I viewed the community as a society of people with common aspirations, namely, young and middle-aged people, as well as older people who want to develop their business for themselves and their children, or work remotely from home. The design context is located in the central part of the city of Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. In the area of historical buildings, a project was developed for a residential complex and a separate gallery-type house in it, which is presented in the project as the main material.
Instead of extended supermarkets, a cozy shopping gallery street appears in the stylobate, consisting of small shops owned and operated by the residents of the house. Taking into account the design context: the center of a large city, the need for food, services, additional education for adults and children, a concept is proposed in which the stylobate level is divided into small premises with a commercial function. They have vertical links with the apartments on the upper level. Just imagine: in the morning you go downstairs in your pajamas to your neighbor's bakery for a cup of aromatic coffee and a warm bun that has just been taken out of the oven. You talk as you watch the city wake up. Another friend of yours is in a hurry to open the entrance for the first visitors to the hairdressing salon, which is so beloved by the residents of the district.
This model of organizing housing and commercial activity allows the formation of social ties between people, which improves the quality of communication in an age when the automation of life processes and social networks are replacing live communication.
The second option for organizing the working space is that the covered gallery on the 1st and 2nd residential floors, in addition to being horizontal communications, includes the function of an "office": a person leaves the apartment immediately into a space in which he can work, communicate with the same freelance neighbor.
The house offers apartments for different types of families: singles, young families, families with one or more children. The working area in the covered gallery on the 1st and 2nd residential floors, the gardening of the tarras on the 3rd floor, the open gallery on the 3,4,5,6 floors, duplex apartments with access to the roof, as well as the shopping street on the 1st level make the house a living organism, working for the benefit of the community of residents and the urban environment.
Dark stone façade slabs were used as local materials and local clay as a load-bearing frame
In conclusion, we can say that the basis for the formation and development of communities is the growth of social ties. How to create them? Encourage people to interact by creating situations in which it is necessary to communicate: daily purchases in the shops of friends, meetings in a common public space during leisure or work. A community develops if its members communicate with each other.
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