138 MODEL HOMES proposes an alternative developer catalog for the suburb, describing new typologies of domestic space that have the potential to rescript the familiar forms of everyday life. Each type simplifies the diagram of the home into the most basic conditions of daily life: eating, sleeping, bathing, working, and relaxing. This reduction of the home into a series of generic rooms—indifferent to content and ambivalent to the familial logics of daily life—opens up the possibility for a radically new set of spatial relationships and collective associations. These combinatorial games restructure domestic space by reducing the home to its barest spatial grammar, devoid of ready-made content, image, and identity. Characterized by typological excess and topological diversity, these unfamiliar re-arrangements of rooms produce homes that accommodate more varied social forms, kinship structures, and attitudes of occupation. Operating as spatial proxies for new practices of daily life and labor, these model homes offer an alternative ethos through which to restructure production, reproduction, and cohabitation. 

138 MODEL HOMES is part of the the ‘Architectures by Proxy’ exhibition of the 2017-2018 Willard A. Oberdick Fellow at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Brittany Utting. In collaboration with Daniel Jacobs.  

Project Leads: Brittany Utting, Daniel Jacobs

Design Team: Brian Baksa, Madison Strakele, Michael Paul

Photography: Yojairo Lomeli