Habraken wrote a book called ‘Supports’ which proposed a method of mass housing where the ‘support’ or base building is separated from. Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housing [N. J. Habraken] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The architecture / housing / urbanism book that launched the Supports / Open Building movement John F.C. Turner · out of. Entrevista a John Habraken Almost fifty years after the publication of your book Supports, and with the mass housing dominating us, your theories are still.

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John Habraken is a Dutch architect who has researched mass housing and strategies for the participation of users and residents in the building process. He is best-known for his concept of separating the physical infrastructure of buildings into support and infill, developed in the book Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housingwhich was first published in Supports advocated an approach where the State provided the infrastructure on top of and between which people could build their own housing, influenced in some respects by the work of the Megastructuralists.


Habraken took this further as director of the Foundation for Architectural Research SAR which investigated the use of habralen manufacturing in mass housing and looked at the role of architects within this.

In breaking up the provision of housing into a number of different components, each of which would be tackled separately, Habraken’s solution lies between what Nabeel Habralen has termed the ‘provider paradigm’ and ‘support paradigm’ in his book, Housing without Houses.

Whilst in the provider model housing is seen as a physical and technical problem that can be solved ssupports mass production and regulation, in order to ensure quality and standards, the support model acknowledges the dispersed nature of resources in society, focusing instead on social infrastructure.

This is considered an issue of management and resource allocation, as exempilfied habrakken the work of organisations such as Habitat for Humanity or the Community Design movement of the US.

In Habraken’s method, the large-scale physical infrastructure is designed and built by the technicians-architects, engineers and construction companies-working with the State, whilst the infill is provided by a small-scale, individualised approach. This allows users to have a meaningful participation in the design of their homes, can accommodate self-building and is a highly flexible building model that can be adapted as required.


Spatial Agency: John Habraken

Habraken’s approach is complemented by those of John Turner and Colin Wardboth of whom focus on the social and economic aspects of housing provision with a similar model. There are also echoes of this in the work of DEGW on office hahraken, where they adapt the idea of support and infill to fit the life-cycles of office buildings.

An Alternative to Mass Housing London: Form and Control in the Built Environmented. Nabeel Hamdi, Housing Without Houses: Participation, Flexibility, Enablement New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, John Worthington, ‘Habraken Supports: An Alternative Explanation’, Architects Journal, John Habraken Individual — Ojhn onwards www.