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With the disintegration of the traditional nuclear family as the dominant spatial condition in the twentieth century, a new typology for family life is needed for the city post-sprawl. The Courtyard House re-conceives low-density metropolitan living by concentrating the traditional, single-family residence into a courtyard house. By utilizing a marginal site and downsizing the conventional house by one third, the Courtyard House fosters more collective and ecological forms of life without sacrificing the necessary privacy of daily living. 

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