Heritage and Community Space as Contemporary Housing Project Matters. Neighbors Courtyards

  • María del Carmen Martínez-QuesadaEmail author


Relationship spaces, both public and private, are places not explicitly covered by the existing programs of daily needs; however they are areas for spontaneous events and activities that mark the life and relationships of people who dwell in buildings. Although they have the right to intervene in the decision-making, they actually remain the forgotten ones of residential architecture. We have to look back to those spaces and the potential users because the ultimate goal is to inhabit the home. It is necessary to raise the review and reactivate some concepts about the habitat, to make understandable the living spaces for those who live in them and to study the housing sociability. It is also a necessity to design flexible and transformable dwellings in order to generate real coexistence adapted to the changes of the rhythms of life and new family structures. Currently, the different population demands flexible life and relationships, as well as leisure and meeting spaces that encourage coexistence. There has been a progressive shift of the center of gravity from the home to the community, and the housing will reflect these social trends. That’s why in this research, an approach to contemporary housing is carried out from the ways of living and appropriation of space, studying how the probability of change in housing can alter habitat practices, and more specifically the use of the domestic space, addressing this issue from the architectural project, in order to respond with other housing options for the community to identify with.


Technology and social change (630707) Tradition (510114) Architectural design techniques (330501) Housing (330514) UNESCO codes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architectonical Projects, Higher Technical School of ArchitectureUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain

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