The Opposite Shore. The suburban settlement from private property to co-operative living—2016–2019

The Opposite Shore takes this decline as an opportunity to propose a gradual, yet radical, structural transformation of suburbs, which involves remaking their form and their social contract. Focusing on a series of case studies in Flanders (in Limburg and in the valley of the Dender river), the project reveals possible design strategies for retrofitting suburban settlements across different scales, by enhancing open space, allowing cooperation among inhabitants, and by supporting the functional mix of traditionally monofunctional settlements. The project is conducted in collaboration with the planning authorities of Flanders (Department Omgeving).

Dogma: Pier Vittorio Aureli (Italian, b. 1973) and Martino Tattara (Italian, b. 1976) with Celeste Tellarini (Italian, b. 1994), Mariapaola Michelotto (Italian, b. 1993), Theodor Reinhardt (German, b. 1998), Anna Panourgia (Greek, b. 1994), Antonio Paolillo (Italian, b. 1987), Yi Ming Wu (Canadian, b. 1998), Perla Gísladóttir (Icelandic, b. 1996), and Rachel Rouzaud (French, b. 1997)

Dogma was founded in 2002 by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara and is based in Brussels. In the last years, Dogma has been working on a research by design trajectory that focuses on domestic space and its potential for transformation.


Vlaanderen, Kunsten en Cultureel Erfgoed, Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en Media.

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Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara with Celeste Tellarini, Anna Panourgia, Antonio Paolillo, Mariapaola Michelotto, Yi Ming Wu, Theodor Reinhardt, Perla Gísladóttir, and Rachel Rouzaud.