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A place to call home with dignity

  • Respect, equity, democratic spaces, are the most cited words by people when asked how they couldRespect, equity, democratic spaces, are the most cited words by people when asked how they could explain Urban Dignity in simple words. However, segregation, violence, insecurity, pollution, housing deficit and sanitation are some of the most cited words that comes out from first year architecture and urban planning graduate students when they are asked about our city constraints. Those urban issues get intensified in subnormal cluster areas, and challenges the academy in the housing design process when addressing Urban Dignity to those students. This paper presents the results of a design thinking process exercise for an informal community with housing needs. It considered the emotional space concept as a method to find the common grounds where individuals find comfort, safety, and joy. A brainstorm meeting with the community and field visits were used as a strategy to capture some of the essence of locals. The challenge to understand and capture their individual and personal feelings regarding their own comfortable zones and address them into a common scenario remained the main struggle of this project. Most of those people had never had a house with steady structure and infrastructure to live in. Therefore, an intense inside discussion among the design responsible people involved in the project, focused on translating their own perception of local's feelings towards neighbors, of local’s belongings and behaviors to define the design program needs. As a result, the sense of place, open ungated buildings with three floors max, a common recreational central area, the use of construction materials familiar and available in the field, and reserved areas located on first floor were some of the main characteristics drawn to the area. This approach guaranteed to host locals’ activities and accommodate changes needed in their course of lives as some of the characteristics found essential to welcome the community of about 80 families in a place where they could call home.show moreshow less

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Author:Ana-Paula Rabello Lyra
Parent Title (English):Connected Living : international and interdisciplinary conference (2021), Frankfurt am Main
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Publication:2021
Creating Corporation:Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Tag:Emotional spaces; Housing; Urban dignity
Page Number:9
DOI des kompletten Tagungsbands: https://doi.org/10.48718/98d5-zp59
DDC classes:Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt