The Impermanent House: A Psycho-analytical Approach to Improving Glasgow?s Social Housing Schemes

Tim Sharpe, Janice Fung, Colin Porteous

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Abstract

This paper discusses the design philosophies of Richard Neutra as a suggestive approach to improving social housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Starting in the late-19th Century, Glasgow has experienced a range of reformative measures to improve the housing situation, from massive slum clearance and demolition to stock refurbishment and new-build in the social sector. Vast populations were also decanted to peripheral estates, resulting in changes in the city?s demographics, economy and social circumstances. Whilst many of these decisions were made with good intentions, they resulted in unforeseen side effects on the social housing conditions at present in Glasgow. Neutra?s psycho-analytical approach to architecture gives rationale to the rippling effects caused by such changes and brings light to future problem avoidance for decision makers. Inherently, his philosophy determines that the design of the house is a physiological, psycho-social and reactive process where its lifecycle cannot remain static or lack flexibility in order to sustain itself in its environment, equally engaged in change. Examining Neutra?s philosophy in conjunction with a review of a satisfaction and observation study (conducted amongst social housing tenants in Glasgow regarding their present living conditions and habits in the home), indicates a way for the city to re-examine current trends, avoiding past mistakes, and providing better social living conditions for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA2006 - The 23rd Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Place of PublicationGeneva
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2006
EventPLEA2006 - The 23rd Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Geneva , Switzerland
Duration: 6 Sep 20068 Sep 2006

Conference

ConferencePLEA2006 - The 23rd Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Abbreviated titlePLEA2006
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period6/09/068/09/06

Keywords

  • Richard Neutra
  • social housing

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    Sharpe, T., Fung, J., & Porteous, C. (2006). The Impermanent House: A Psycho-analytical Approach to Improving Glasgow?s Social Housing Schemes. In PLEA2006 - The 23rd Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Geneva.