Habitual Habitation

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This abstract presentation will set out a series of observations and precedents related to the relationships formed between humans and the evolving spaces of personal habitation. The work discusses the prospect of future interlocking and divided spaces that humans use for the process of habitation in both the work and the domestic context. The four key design considerations outlined within this relationship are the arrangement of habitation (design), the occupation of that space (purpose), inhabitation of space (user interaction) and the duration of use (space longevity). Some of the main themes that are discussed are the processes of human habitation, why it occurs, the evolving nature of that habitat and the development of habitat for a defined purpose. The presentation will examine a range of particular, purposeful and peculiar human habitat spaces and use them to explore the interactive relationships between humans and the spaces that are created for specific functions e.g., work, leisure and utility. The typography of human habitation is also explored and critiqued to establish a clear picture of the current and future frameworks in which designers, clients and design users are / will be considering interior space. There is also exploration of how human behaviours differ in space that has been specifically created for a purpose and the realities of actual human use and occupation. There is also exploration of the way certain types of interior spaces influence and often dictate human behaviour. This is then reviewed and a future construct is suggested about human behaviour changing and fragmenting according to the surrounding space. A review of the interior designers role in this construct is identified with examination of spatial tactics and external forces within this process. Does interior design hold the key to future human living and working behaviours? Finally, a future habitation hypothesis is presented along with a review of Peter Sloterdijk and Henri Lefebvre’s suggestions and definitions of “Home” and “Habitus” which helps to synthesise some future ideas on interior design and habitation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
EventInterior Educators International Conference - Ravensbourne, London
Duration: 1 Mar 2012 → …


ConferenceInterior Educators International Conference
Period1/03/12 → …
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