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Rebecca Lim

limr096@gmail.com

Minimal dwellings such as caravans, narrow boats and lakeside bungalows at Cosgrove Lakes in Milton Keynes find a way of living that efficiently adapts to fluctuating climatic conditions while stimulating social exchange. With the paradox of increasing population and environmental deterioration, the project learns from such living typologies to propose a community of minimum dwellings for maximum social living on a floodplain site adjacent to the Cosgrove Lakes holiday park in Milton Keynes. On the site remains traces of circular stone Roman kilns and domestic ovens. On our trip to Grymsdyke farm, a kiln and oven activated our social activities. Therefore, the proposed dwellings are anchored by a kiln and oven for heating, making and sharing.  

The post-digital architectural practice of drawing and machine learning, critically reconfigures the notion of conventional dwelling by seeing time and temperature as agents of social interaction. By breaking down the rigid enclosures of the room, the dwelling is minimised through multiplicities of space but maximised for social exchange. This form of dwelling finds harmony between our healing environment, fluctuating climate and human sociality. 

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