As a society we have lives which are distinct and perpetually adapting. How we create a home for ourselves changes across a lifetime or even in our daily routines however the traditional house or apartment is instead built around the idea that we all require the same laundry list of spaces - kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. Commoning provides an opportunity to reconsider the homes within which we live. When we design not for the spaces we think we need but instead for the rituals of life: daily routines; weekly gatherings of family and friends; spring cleaning; or caring for your parents as they cared for you.
The privada of Loto is a manifestation of the traditional values of home and property. The alleyway is comprised of single family row houses from the early 20th century - cut from the neighborhood and split into neat parcels many of which now sit empty. The abandoned homes provide an opportunity to experiment with alternative forms of dwelling through commoning while maintaining a memory of the place.
The objective is to create a commoned home within the privada of Loto which is adaptable to a diverse community. Homescapes are a means to consider an alternate form of living through our interactions with and within our homes.They are an attempt to understand our relationship with our homes by breaking down to ideas of architecture, interior landscape, mediation, body, and objects. What makes a platform a bed or a couch or a table is dependent a conversation between the body and the form. These homescapes have been conceived at nine different timescales, each tracking its own level of change and activity.
The Homescape of One Minute is a space of movement and communication,it is the meeting point within the home.
The Homescape of One Hour is a space to come and go throughout the day with tasks to complete.
The Homescape of One Day tracks the sun across the sky, the passage of a day. It is an aperture which marks the changes in the atmosphere, inside and out.
The Homescape of One Night is hidden behind many layers of thresholds, the space expands and contracts, opens and closes.
In the Homescape of One Week the rituals of life are celebrated and many come together. Existing in a cycle of set up and take down.
In the Homescape of One Month shelves are organized, accounts are sorted, and residents check in on the state of life in Loto.
In the Homescape of One Season – the environment turns, the occupation of space changes. The envelope adapts to new conditions.
The Homescape of One Year – marks our youth and our aging. What was once play becomes a burden.
The Homescape of One Decade – is a space which we make for ourselves. It is a space of reflection, and one which we work on all our lives. We let in those closest to us and forget the rest.This conceptual framework has been deployed across the site, both as individual ideas of homescapes and as aggregations of overlapping timescales. Homescapes do not create a new definition of home, but instead track how our definitions change over time. Across Loto, these spaces are aggregated and shared, a commons of domesticity for residents to adapt according to their lives.
These homescapes provide a framework for an alternative mode of living - one based on time and the many patterns of life.