B. Habitats-Housing

Andrea Branzi, Genetic Tales, 1998.

Working on the habitat invites us to start from the most intimate experience of the body in order to invent, step by step, our living spaces, our neighbourhoods and our territories, forging the future forms of habitability.

Faced with the challenges of transition, the habitat finds its full political scope, that of the possibility of a habitable world. It raises the question of our presence in the world, of our forms of coexistence with others and with the living.

From this perspective, designing the habitat of tomorrow means placing the housing project in three horizons that allow us to critically question the inherited forms of domestic life:

  • The first is that of inhabiting, of the singular and manipulative use of the world where our routines and attachments are forged. The habitat is here both a condition of anchorage and emancipation.
  • The second is that of hospitality. The habitat is here the interface of our relationship with the other, human and non-human. It is a condition of welcome and care for the vulnerable, of care.
  • Finally, the third is that of the common. The habitat is the place where we reinvent our neighbourhoods with others and with the living, a condition for new coexistence. The challenge is to rethink the shape of our cities and our territories from the inside, starting from the membranes that protect us and open us up to the world. The housing project here brings together social thinking – linked to the differentiation of lifestyles and singular uses – and architectural thinking – linked to the composition of the plan, and to spatial, constructive and material qualities.

In the end, working on the habitat means finding the forms to make possible a fairer, more open, freer, more socially and spatially virtuous world of tomorrow, in an ecology of human relationships.

Sophie Delhay, Luca Pattaroni, in charge of the orientation

4th of September presentation


Training contents 2023-2024
Studios Enseignants C
Studio MA1** Delhay / Baumgartner et Camponovo 12
TU (Teaching units)    
UE C : Habitat et société Bourdon / Fagart / Pattaroni 4
The origins of modern domestic space Aureli 3
Habitat et typologie Delhay / Lapierre / Pattaroni 3
Studio MA2 Delhay / Baumgartner et Camponovo 12
TU (Teaching units)    
UE D : Territoire et société Pedrazzini / Kaufmann / Tirone 4
UE U : Cartography Maçães E Costa 4
Foncier, immobilier, logement Thalmann 3
Habitat et développement urbain Pedrazzini / Carlevaro 3
Magma et principes Bakker et Blanc 3
Le projet du confort dans l’architecture du XXe s. Marino 3
Sociologie urbaine Delley / Pattaroni 3
** compulsorily one of the courses, all of which can be taken, and compulsorily one of the teaching units and one of the studios