WORKHOUSE 2: Hitoshi Abe

Visions of the future living environment have generally been synonymous with the active domestication of environments outside the enclave of the house. A trend that parallels the dissipation of many dichotomies that were characteristic of the modern movement: Inside / Outside, Public / Private, Work / Home, Labor / Leisure, and others.

The Future Living Project


The Future Living Project (FLP) was established in 2013 by professor Hitoshi Abe and his AUD research team to extract broad but workable themes from an analysis of the Future’s long history and configurations of contemporary living. FLP is a project of xLAB, a research center at AUD that examines architecture’s elastic boundaries and considers new possibilities through interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of the future built environment.

The WORKHOUSE 2 research studio examined the office as an architectural type that is as politically, economically and culturally charged, as it is technical and tectonic. Students focused on the design of a new coworking building type, exploring: the potential of coworking as a program and how it can produce a new value in society; the increasingly blurred boundaries around working spaces and how these conditions can be harnessed by designers; and how coworking reflects the ways contemporary life attempts to domesticate the world around it.

Students: Alexander Abugov, Seungbin Choi, Yining Deng, Mark Kamish, Tianyu Kan, Brian Lee, Qiyue Li, Yin Liu, Joshua Nelson, Willem Swart, Xiangru Xu, Ted (Miaojie) Zhang, Can (Claire) Zhou