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Relevance of team 10

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2005
Yüksel, Melih
This thesis aims at understanding design strategies developed by Team 10 members and their relevance to contemporary architecture. These strategies are studied by referring to their seminal projects. It is argued that what is significant in the design approaches of Team 10 is the search for patterns of human association or networks of human relations that supports physical structure and organizes social communication. The thesis focuses on the Golden Lane Housing Project (1952) by Alison and Peter Smithson is in order to illustrate how the patterns of association are organized. Team 10̕s approach to design suggests a shift of emphasis from specific object to spatial organization of relations. They try to achieve a multi-layered urban and architectural solution. Their projects are infrastructural organizations, in which all layers are combined in a perpetual complex system. The thesis makes an analysis of the Golden Lane Housing Project in order to understand the ways how the layers are organized and associated to each other. An inquiry into the works of Team 10 members shows that they put particular emphasis on the notions of infrastructural organization, mobility, flexibility, layering, adaptability to change and growth, repetition and variation. The thesis points out that these notions are still relevant in contemporary architectural practices.