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Towards a Participatory Architecture

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Publication date22/12/2023
Host publicationFuture Home: Trends, Innovations and Disruptors in Housing Design
EditorsAlejandro Moreno-Rangel, Ruth Conroy Dalton
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages14
ISBN (electronic)9781003358244
ISBN (print)9781032414683, 9781032414676
<mark>Original language</mark>English


For a long time, everyday architecture and home design were underpinned by the principles of co-production and caring. Yet current mainstream practices produce domestic designs shaped as market-driven products, proliferating urban metabolisms of waste production. In the face of climate collapse, a new radical rethink is required in architecture. A more direct participation of dwellers must be brought back through transdisciplinary approaches underpinned by the human right to housing and well-being. In this chapter, we explore how participatory architecture is influencing the co-construction of alternative visions of homes and the inherent changes in ways of living. We discuss participatory architecture roots and three housing models where participatory architecture is already embedded: social housing, cohousing and earthships. Through the analysis of these examples, we build a series of insights concerning participatory architecture and how it can contribute to shape the future of homes.