the rigorous m

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living in vs using space

Posted by rigorousm on November 20, 2016

The idea of living is easy to define.
You use a hotel room, you live in the room in your home.
It is therefore obvious that to live implies extending your own personality into space, and marking it out and shaping through your own choices. It has not always been possible to do this freely, especially in the past. Our choices (in terms of arranging objects and featuring the space) have often been condition by fashionand by the desire to imitate models… more or less handed down…. But… society was … moving towards forms of eclecticism which I have defined as “neo-eclecticism,” and in this sense the use of instruments for organising space was freed up, without taboos. … there are still ways of “defining” the way we signify our lived space. These are directly linked to different sense of belonging … more than the possibility otherwise of buying specific objects.
The idea of living, however, is not only linked to domestic space, but also to collective space. In the 1950s, the Situationist International argued that “to live is to be at home everywhere,” a slogan which marked out collective space as a place where individual or common social personalities could be mapped out and expanded.
Living the city allows for the expansion of your own identity and for experimentation with various kinds of socialisation which leads us towards an idea of the city which is not that of architects (who make buildings).
“If you think about it, your city is made up of the people you talk to and communicated with everyday,” I wrote in 1978. Following these guidelines, we can start to rethink the city as a place not simply made up of houses and streets, but of places to live in.

Ugo La Pietra, arbitare 532, “reading the designed environment,”  7/2013.  

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