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Edra45 New Orleans Track 04: Dwelling With Change
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Employing dwelling as a lens to emphasize totality, multi-dimensionality, and contextuality, this track addresses the various changes occurring in the many aspects of human inhabitation and their design and research implications. 


Track Chairs: Lynne Dearborn, Fang Xu, Eunju Hwang


Keywords: dwelling, multi-dimensionality, contextual changes, design process, neighborhood

In his essay on “Building Dwelling Thinking,” Martin Heidegger contends that, “once we are capable of dwelling, only then can we build”. In this work, Heidegger links the performance of dwelling with caring, neighborliness, and the sense of remaining or staying in place. Harries (1983) suggests that for Heidegger, dwelling incorporates the kindly concern for natural and manmade environmental, physical and social contexts, as they exist and as they may be altered. Compared to many other concepts commonplace in environmental discourses, dwelling provides the unique perspective of multi-dimensionality and totality regarding human inhabitation.  Expanding on the idea of dwelling with change, this track will challenge scholars of environmental design + research to interpret the act of dwelling as enmeshed in a network of natural, spatial, social, and cultural contexts that are in transformation, be it through climate change, natural disaster, man-made economic crisis, global migration or worldwide demographic change among vulnerable populations and household structures. Considered broadly, how might contextual changes influencing the interconnected physical, social, and personal/psychological dimensions of human dwelling alter its overall patterns and qualities?

Proposals emphasizing the scholarship of design might address questions like: How might a focus on dwelling with change modify the design processes and products for residential/neighborhood environments? How might such a focus modify the design team composition and approach? What (new) methods of design might be employed to respond to the dynamic nature of dwelling? How might the dynamic interplay of natural and built environments become an asset in dwelling? How might changes in social settings impact dwelling and the design of its supportive physical environment?

Environmental design researchers might address questions like: How might dwelling with change alter the nature of where we live? How we live? With whom we live? and the lifestyle choices we make with respect to our environments? What does dwelling with changes mean for community members whose social and communal networks disconnect with their changing environment? How do we restructure or reinvent our networks when dwelling? What (new) methods of research might be employed to capture the dynamic nature of dwelling? 

This track welcomes academic and professionally directed proposals from designers, researchers, policymakers, community planners, and housing practitioners, for papers, posters, design projects, films, workshops, and symposia addressing the many dimensions of dwelling with change.


About the Track Chairs:

Lynne is an associate professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who through her research, teaching and service, seeks to identify and ameliorate inequitable and deleterious environmental conditions experienced by marginalized groups in the U.S., Africa, and Asia. Lynne’s graduate design studios focus on the creation of healthy and socially sustainable communities. She is the co-author of Inconvenient Heritage and author of articles and book chapters on heritage, immigrant homeownership, the influence of subprime and predatory lending on low-income communities, and the effect of community-engaged learning on student outcomes.

Fang is a visiting lecturer of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is concerned with the social and psychological dimensions of the built environment and systematic thinking in environmental research and architectural design. He also researches multi-family housing and contemporary real estate development. His undergraduate design studios emphasize coherent design process, systematic decision-making, and behavioral and psychological aspects of design.

Eunju is an assistant professor of housing at Virginia Tech. Her teaching and research interests include housing for special populations, low-income housing, home modifications, age-friendly livable communities and housing from a global/cultural perspective. Currently she is leading collaborative research on age-friendly environments in North America and East Asia.


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