Housing Layout Reconsidered In Societal Context: A Case Study In Switzerland

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Housing units are material products of society that define and delimit domestic space for households. They provide shelter and protection for daily activities. The fact that housing units in the same society have quite different shapes and sizes, and that they are built with a range of construction materials suggests that, beyond pragmatic factors, others are of at least equal importance in determining their layout, construction, and meaning. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an understanding of those contextually defined factors implicated in the layout, construction, and use of housing units. For example, one purpose of the spatial ordering of residential environments is to distinguish between public and private domains. Nonetheless, this distinction can be interpreted from several perspectives. Some of these interpretations will be briefly reviewed in this paper. Then a case study of the layout, construction, and use of urban housing in Switzerland will be presented.


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R. J. Lawrence, “Housing Layout Reconsidered In Societal Context: A Case Study In Switzerland,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 16, no. 1-2, pp. 31–44, 1996, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: http://jfa.arch.metu.edu.tr/archive/0258-5316/1996/cilt16/sayi_1_2/31-44.pdf.