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This report focuses on architectural design and living conditions of people in urban areas. This report focuses on living in apartments and courtyards and how this offers people an opportunity to interact. The aim of the report is to answer the question; how do we live together better in the future? Therefore, this report discusses the historical architectural issues which have hindered effective interaction between people living in apartments and courtyards and how this can be improved in the future through architectural designs. To answer the question, this report focuses on the case study of Beijing courtyard, Rem Koolhaas house in Bordeaux, and Quadrangle courtyard.

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