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Where is my home and who lives there? Uncertainties about housing and ways of living 
Maria Assunção Gato (ISCTE- Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)
Filipa Ramalhete (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa)
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Urban studies
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

This panel invites the submission of proposals regarding the use/reinvention of domestic spaces and new solutions to contemporary housing needs. We encourage transdisciplinary approaches and contributions from scientific fields other than anthropology.

Long Abstract:

The concept of home and family life, although never static, has changed substantially in Europe in the last hundred years. Changes in urban life, raising life expectancy, growing education levels, and variations in family structures led to a multiplicity of social and housing situations. It is also important to consider the effects of the recent economic crises closely related to the real estate market and the spillover effects that global investment funds are having on the housing market and city access, penalizing young families and those on lower incomes. As a result, individuals add up different experiences of housing in their life trajectories.

The COVID-19 pandemic situation has also brought additional challenges for housing spaces and ways of living, with the increase of people working at home more permanently. The refugee movement triggered by the war in Europe also presents a major challenge for housing in large cities in several countries.

Finding a suitable place to live in this shifting world, and adjusting it to the different family needs is, therefore covered with uncertainty. Homesharing (either with multiple family generations or people without family ties) is one of the solutions. In these situations, domestic life has to be reinvented, giving room to discuss the contrast/conflict between what architects and builders conceive and the way inhabitants live in domestic spaces.

How do individuals and families reinvent domestic spaces and rebuild residential trajectories in these uncertain times? What kind of answers can architecture provide to these reinventions? How are housing policies responding?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -