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We live in an era of growing uncertainty. Escalating interconnectivity and interdependence globalize all upheavals major and minor, economic and geopolitical. AXX adopts Zygmunt Bauman’s premise of “liquid modernity,” characterised by a self-perpetuating ambiguity permeating contemporary life – affecting power structures to cultural systems to interpersonal relationships.

Cities are increasingly subject to exterior forces, “becom[ing] dumping grounds for globally begotten problems” (Bauman, 2003, p.101). They must confront climate change, real estate bubbles, and rapid policy changes. It is crucial that a variety of professions and classes can thrive to sustain the fruitful commingling of industrial, service, and high-tech sectors.

The liquid person is nomadic, experimenting outside traditional forms of social cohesion and communicating ever more internationally. Liquid citizens are often in transition as jobs, economies, and families flood over shifting borders. Estranged from multigenerational living options, individuals must be self-sufficient in affordable housing.

We believe that as liquid modernity progresses, HOME must uniquely nurture the BODY and MIND. With most services gaining accessibility in urbanity, private spheres should focus on bodies post-exertion. Home and proximate community must provide a new form of shelter, empowering liquid individuals to navigate ‘global whirlwinds’ while operating as independent entities.

to FREE and NOURISH the liquid body, which springs forth endless expressions of identity and creative energy. Citizens need greater autonomy to resist domination by liquidizing conditions. We hope to provide a supportive platform for aspiring professionals of all classes. Our housing caters to the personal mind-body so as to counterbalance the ever-reaching, often inescapable grasp of outside Bodies (markets, governments, corporations). Home counterbalances increasingly complicated world systems.

Provide flexibility. Each unit offers numerous possibilities: infill housing, infill offices, infill communities. Value is continually growing as units accumulate experiences and events, rather than becoming artifacts of finite material lifespans. Breaking loose from the housing market, their adaptability is a form of resiliency against exploitative investment practices and governmental or corporate forms of social control. Greater affordability of private living also mediates contemporary shifts like delayed family formation, allowing independent citizens to survive in urbanity.


make private living a social experience. Spatially-induced neighborly interactions (active cultivation of co-existence) knit a communal security unparalleled by fences or systems of surveillance. Shared resources weave interpersonal bonds amongst liquid individuals, whose drifting may disrupt intimate social networks.


move toward greater self-definition, self-determining streets, blocks, green spaces, or zones for nightlife. City formation is less at the hands of the global elite (multinational business, politicized directives) than a constant response to habitants’ needs and desires, expressed spatially by where citizens choose to live, eat, play, or work. Flexible specialisations of space (sharing resources) reduce redundancies, simultaneously bridging sociocultural, economic, and generational divisions. Neighbourhoods revitalize and respond to changing industries, communities, and transport systems. The PERMEABILITY of our structures, whether as housing, office, or harbours of green space means that despite high densities, cities can BREATHE.