Six sites reflection

Being dweller?

Coordination: Ferdinando Fava, Nadja Monnet

At the building, neighbourhood and city level, living is captured in the disciplines of urban through different evidences (and operations). Based on an operational and emic definition of the categories “being a dweller” and “dwelling”, from the point of view of city-planners, decision makers and inhabitants themselves, this project tries to understand how the particular relation to the site and the representations of it reflect contemporary urban transformations at all levels. Being a trace or a matrix, it allows us to reveal the socio-economic and politico-ideological constraints of the present and their projection into the future. We want relate the act of living with the organization of the architected space and, in him and through him, the horizon of the future is declined.
If living concerns an imaged and actual routine relation to a place, a home somewhere, the forms that this relation assume today in the urban world of synchronicity and media ubiquity, need to be recognized, analysed and interpreted. People circulation is increasing constantly, virtual communication allows worlds physically far apart to be in contact each others, as well as many people remain segregated and frozen in large parts of our cities. In this complex and contradictory framework, who is considered inhabitant and who consider himself an inhabitant? It is hard to speak of dwellers regardless of their relationship to the physical and virtual space. These questions lead us to reflect on the notion of territory and place, but also on the idea of belonging, on what "home" is and what to appropriate means.
This project will reflect on how the so-called "dwellers" adapt themselves to the expectations that architects and planners have of them and their ways to define themselves. How urban transformation is it captured, if that is the case, by designers, city-planners and residents while thinking, planning and organizing life? How the dweller is manufactured and thought in our contemporary world? How to develop a relation between spaces, frameworks and practices of living, which is not generally conceived by the inhabitants?