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An inquiry into the design potentials of Le Corbusier's dom-ino clusters

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2009
İskenderoğlu, Yasemin
The thesis studies Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino clusters. It is a research in the field of architectural design. The aim is to explore and reveal the architectural potentials of Le Corbusier’s mass-producible Dom-ino frame (1914), not only by concentrating on a single Dom-ino unit but by focusing mainly to the clusters of Dom-ino, searching for the logic behind their multiplication, how they come together and to what extent the units allow variety. To achieve this, six alternative Dom-ino clusters are analyzed, and alternative Dom-ino units are explored, other than the well-known single one. Today, Dom-ino is argued as an architectural diagram, and this research reinforces this argument. The analysis of both the clusters and the units with different plan types eventually puts forward that the Dom-ino frame identifies and exploits all the potentials of mass-production with the standardization of the elements and modularity of the structural grid; and it is an adaptable, flexible and consequently a generic frame that produces infinitely alternative solutions. For this reason, this thesis argues that resolving the way Dom-ino units come together, and analyzing how and in what scale they allow variety in producing clusters will introduce the tools for proper mass-housing, and consequently could produce solutions for today's mass-housing problems.