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The Genius Loci In The Globalization Millennium:temporary Dwelling


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P. De Berardinis & S. De Gregorio


The concept of living stability is inherent in the sedentary lifestyle of living for a human being. In the past, difficulties of movement and geographical barriers have produced the interaction between the identity of people and the place inhabited: the genius loci. In the globalization millennium, the possibility of unlimited travel has led to the reinvention of nomadism and the consequent change in the design and requirements of the house. Natural disasters always require, as a result, building temporary shelters that allow people to shelter, waiting for the restoration to the situation prior the tragedy. Being an individual as a citizen of the world, nowadays, the genius loci is expressed in temporary housing, which is connected to the usual way of life and not to an unusual situation, limited to a period of time waiting for a change. When drastically reducing the amount of time that housing stands inside a certain area, it is necessary that it does not cause environmental damage. In light of these thoughts, it is possible to define the problems associated with temporariness and the requirements that allow one to solve them. A feasibility study is herewith proposed, for a temporary structure of housing, consisting of a steel structure with articulated dry joints, inside which are inserted, by the aid of a sliding system, three-dimensional prefabricated modules in steel and wood, like a system of chest of drawers. Our preliminary study of materials, building techniques, transportation and assembly systems, has allowed us to design an opened and infinitely expandable building unit. Keywords: temporary housing, flexibility, new-nomadism, emergency, modularity, opened building.


temporary housing, flexibility, new-nomadism, emergency,modularity, opened building.