Make Room: Social Practice Design as a Sociotechnical Transition Tool for Sufficient Urban Living

Andre Sanchez-Montoya

Studenteropgave: Kandidatafhandlinger


The aim of this thesis is to investigate if a social practice methodology can be applied as a niche innovation to push the building industry to decouple itself from its current resource-heavy status quo. This novel methodology elevates the concept of utilising the existing housing stock as an asset that can be densified through an ethnographic and spatial survey of residents. This method is taken to see if human desire for shared space and togetherness can achieve this ecologically necessary resource redistribution. The ethos of this novel methodology is structured around literature in planetary boundaries, systems change, sufficiency, and circular economies. This framework notes the urgency and scale at which the building industry must decouple itself and move as a sociotechnical system towards a safe and just operating system. The methodology collects behaviour, spatial, and sharing interdependency preferences that seek to understand and challenge the relation between well-being and high floor areas per capita. Using a case study in inner city Copenhagen, Denmark, the methodology shows that there is potential to densify a multi-tenant building through spatial reductions and grouping shared practices. The significance of this study seeks to structure a niche innovation that can be grounded in sufficiency principles that can be championed by stakeholders throughout the industry’s value chain. The theoretical and methodical approach is strengthened through a collaboration within the Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship program between Copenhagen Business School and the Royal Danish Academy.

UddannelserKandidatuddannelse i Innovation og Entrepreneurship. Strategisk Design og Entrepreneurship, (Kandidatuddannelse) Afsluttende afhandling
Antal sider108
VejledereMaria J. Figueroa