Special Issue "Domesticity Then and Now: Old Lessons and Contemporary Challenges for Dwelling Architecture"

A special issue of Architecture (ISSN 2673-8945).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 1631

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Department of Architectural Composition, ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: heritage management; cultural landscape; new media studies; cartography
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Recent years have seen a renewed interest in home architecture. This is due, in part, to the increased variety of cohabitation models; to new standards of sustainable development; and to international policies encouraging a new kind of architecture. In addition to this, of course, is the mandatory confinement in most Western countries due to COVID-19, which has forced a revision of our most intimate domestic spaces.

This Special Issue raises a series of questions related to a new understanding of dwelling architecture. We aim to shed light on the future of our houses in particular, and human habitation in general. Questions to be explored in this issue include (but are not limited to):

  • What new forms of cohabitation exist today?
  • How has home architecture evolved over the past centuries and what can we learn from it?
  • What are the new imaginaries influencing our ideas of domesticity?
  • How has the pandemic affected our idea of home?
  • How do the UN's Sustainable Development Goals affect housing?
  • What potential do current international programs present for the reconceptualization of the house?
  • How can the ideas of social integration and equality be brought into the domestic space?
  • How does the increasing the digitalization of social relations affect the physical domestic space?
  • What can we learn from past reflections on the idea of cohabitation?
We invite the submission of both theoretical and practical articles to this Special Issue, which aims to foster a rich debate around contemporary domesticity.

Dr. Nicolas Marine
Guest Editor

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  • domesticity
  • dwelling theory
  • sustainable development goals
  • new European Bauhaus
  • domestic equality

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A Visual–Emotional Analysis of Perception in the Homes of Chronic Patients during Confinement by COVID-19 in Spain
Architecture 2023, 3(1), 107-127; https://doi.org/10.3390/architecture3010008 - 09 Mar 2023
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One of the highest risk groups the highest during COVID-19 were chronic patients. In addition to being a population at risk, in the lockdown they had to combine the pandemic with their own disease. Through a qualitative study of visual–emotional analysis, the perception [...] Read more.
One of the highest risk groups the highest during COVID-19 were chronic patients. In addition to being a population at risk, in the lockdown they had to combine the pandemic with their own disease. Through a qualitative study of visual–emotional analysis, the perception of patients and their social environment (immediate support network) about the domestic confinement in Spain was requested during the State of Alarm in the Spring of 2020. For this, 33 participants filled out an online questionnaire with narratives and images describing their experiences. They were asked to share their experiences about quarantine from several perspectives of the housing spaces: the workplace (or alternatively, if they did not work, the most used occupational space), the least pleasant spaces or aspects of the dwelling and the most pleasant or comfortable area. The results suggested the importance for participants of natural and adequate lighting in spaces and tidiness, with both being linked to well-valued spaces. Moreover, rest was the activity most undertaken, for those who did not telework. Likewise, the narratives provided by participants were mostly positive, despite their condition, maybe due to their own coping with the disease. Dwellings were the adaptive means to tackle the situation of physical isolation as a place of protection against an external threat. The living room and bedrooms were chosen as the most prominent places. The characteristics of the dwellings conditioned the experiences lived during the quarantine of chronic patients. Full article
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