This paper begins with the premise that the rich history of spatial experimentation in British housing that runs from the Prince Albert Model Houses (1851) to Neave Brown’s Alexandra Road (1979) has stalled. A sketch analysis of a single case study is used to introduce and demonstrate a theoretical model for understanding the relationship between spatial forms and spatial practices. The model, based on the theories of Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau, utilises everyday practices as a way of interrogating existing housing typologies. It focuses on the role of routines (spatial practices) and exterior territories (spatial forms) in the formation of inhabitants’ own individual and collective identities. The findings of the case study suggest an alternative reading of the history of collective housing in Britain and a sketch outline of what this might look like is proposed. The suggestion is that the space of arrival and departure, the link between the home and the city-at-large is an under-evaluated formal aspect of housing design that is much better able to shed light on the relative success and failure of various housing estates.
|Title of host publication||Housing Solutions through Design|
|Editors||Graham Cairns, Kirsten Day, Christakis Chatzichristou|
|Place of Publication||Faringdon, Oxfordshire|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
Diaz, L. (2017). Coming Home: Forms of spatial and social identity in British housing. In G. Cairns, K. Day, & C. Chatzichristou (Eds.), Housing Solutions through Design Libri Publishing. http://www.libripublishing.co.uk/Products/ProdID=184