ARCHITECTURE OF SOLITUDE

  • Porebska, A.
Abstract:
According to the systematic approach, solitude corresponds to a lack of communication between a singular system – a human being – and its surroundings – be they another human being, society, or space. Taking this definition axiomatically, solitude can be studied through our relation with space and built environment. Being a condition capable of disconnecting us with our surroundings, it can either depreciate or give value to the way we experience and interact with our surroundings. At the same time is can be either enforced and depreciated, or mitigated by our interaction with space – a quality capable of bring solitude back to its existential value. The paper presents if, why, and how this ontological concern may become part of architectural design and investigates spaces of solitude in the deadened cities of the present: cities where the space is temporarily suspended by the on-going, reciprocal impact of how they are designed and how modern solitude weakens our relation with our surroundings. As a result, a different point of view on the relationship between the individual and space applicable for public space design, risk mitigation strategies, and strategies for urban development. It can be considered a tool for minimising the vulnerability and improving the resilience of built environments, and empowering people who live between buildings in order to become the real users and owners of their urban territory.
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Year:
2016
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
solitude; public spaces; built environment; vulnerability; resilience
Volume:
16
SGEM Book title:
3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2016, Vienna Extended Session
Book number:
4.2
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
97-104
Publisher address:
51 Al. Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
06-09 April, 2016
ISBN:
978-619-7105-54-4
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2016, Vienna Extended Session, 06-09 April, 2016
DOI:
10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/HB42/S07.013
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