Care Devolution and Inter-household Cooperation: Towards a Cluster Model of Common Institution of Land, Dwelling, and Care in London, UK.

Clinton Thedyardi Prawirodiharjo: 

The dissertation investigates alternative forms of community care in London which reflects on the social care devolution through the creation of cooperative mutual care model to enhance integration between the local council and vulnerable communities. Within the intersection of care devolution and Community Land Trust, the research addresses social care provision issues of care marketisation, surplus public asset, land value constraint, limited access to ownership and usership, and managerial barriers. The research revisits alternative forms of social structure, modes of sharing and daily rituals as a collective way of living within the historical model of collective care in London. Cluster as a typological idea is used to coordinate vulnerable groups through the collectivisation of domestic services, informal care and co-living as a common framework. Care is rethought through cluster forms as a typological and urban question to generate new possibilities for community care activities and protocols in the proposed neighbourhood care model across three care conditions: co-housing, community care cluster and high street. How does a system of clusters provide the spatial organisation for collective care across the three care conditions as a series of interconnected projects? Ultimately, the project rethinks community care as a project towards resilience, in order to take back the right to the city not through violence, but through caring; where care as commons.

Condition 1: Elderly Co-housing Perspective.
The proposal aims to dismantle the traditional nature of domesticity that constructs privacy, gender role and choreography of the household based on spatial hierarchies and disconnections through inter-household condition.

Condition 2: Community Care Cluster Perspective.
Care, as a political interrelation, is exercised through adaptation, collectivisation and cooperation; where cluster type should organise unexpected activities, social interrelation and multi-scalar activities, from one’s room to the neighbourhood.

Condition 3: High Street Perspective.
The project rethink street as a space of care, that enables protection and participation of the vulnerable communities.

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