Architecture forms part of an individual habitat and of a civil community. Buildings are designed in order to be used, shared, and appropriated: they aim to meet a need. Habitation is a basic human need that presupposes that ‘a dwelling’ at least demarcates a private place within the larger space of a community. Habitation essentially deals with the partitions, the relations, and the transitions between public and private space. It also involves coping with specific individual needs and desires, with climatic conditions, and with socio-cultural factors.
By (design)exercises, analysis and reflection, students research how the various aspects of habitation impact the design of qualitative dwelling space. Students study diverse design critera that relate to habitation and learn to communicate about it through language and visual imagery. They establish a frame of reference on habitation and architectural habitats.