The field and the wall

Researching the form of domestic territories

The field and the wall

Researching the form of domestic territories
An on-going research on the house's ability to absorb every urban function.
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The field and the wall is an ongoing research conducted through a series of projects and different topics in our online atlas ( Walls as rooms, Dysfunctional plans, Fields, Housing the multitude. (

The housing unit is explored as the main foundation of the contemporary city, a subject capable of slowly absorbing every urban function. Not only the epicenter for domestic and familiar life, the house is turned into a productive and a leisure space, a meeting point for the community, an infrastructure. The study of different possibilities of aggregating housing cells, the analysis of neutral space to construct an interiority which is adaptable to social and economical shifting, the identification of a “form” which is resistant to obsolescence and dialogues with both human history and future ways of living are the core subjects which are tested in different scales and physical contexts.

Alice in Wonderwall, 32 experimental dwellings in Tampere, Finland.

Bab Al-Bahrein square, a self-sustained island, a field for public life.

Inhabiting around voids, A New neighborhood in Hammaro, Sweden.

Housing and Work Housing Units in Landsberg, Germany.

Grundrisse, Housing solutions for immaterial workers, a contemporary dystopia.

Idea by

Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli
Microcities / Socks-studio
16/18 Place de la Chapelle - 75018
Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli are two architects from Italy. They are currently based in Paris where they have founded the architectural practice Microcities and conduct independent architectural research through their website SOCKS ( They work as assistant teachers at the Éav&t, in Marnes La Vallé, Paris and at the EPFL, Lausanne. They were the content curator of "The Form of Form" exhibition in the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

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