(urgent) Architecture for Better Dwelling

written by Irena Bekić


At night, head swimming with wants, he walks by himself alone.
No job, no woman, no house, no city.

John Dos Passos, USA


A precondition for dwelling, writes the Norwegian architect Christian Norberg-Schulz in his study on housing, is identification, revealing oneself in a space, adopting ambience, determining one’s own ‘existence in the world’.[1] This act of identification occurs on different levels and in different relations to space and to other people, therefore symbolic, structural and semantic differences result from ‘categories’ of dwelling which Norberg-Schulz characterizes as the shared, public and private.

[1] Christian Norberg-Schulz: Stanovanje: Stanište, urbani proctor