In recent years, we have seen an increase in cities population at the same time long-term housing inhabitation is descending. Temporary housing is getting more space in the domestic realm as an alternative to lifelong home ownership. This condition that puts together time and home-living implies some challenges when thinking about the collective where different inhabitants time schedule cohabit together in the same place
In this context, Cuba represents an interesting example to be explore with examples of collective housing that have absorb resiliently different time-dwellers under long-term constraints, such as material, climate and scale. Under this question, a specific investigation on housing and different ways of living, as they relate to both informal and formal structures, will be done.
The Cuban long term tradition of home-swapping (la Permuta) will centre this investigation, where other forms of temporary living will have a place (student housing, tourist apartments, disaster and refugee temporary housing, retirement homes and so on). All documents will be compiled in a small booklet focus on how different intensities and times of usage can reshape the arrangement of the domestic realm that will define the programmatic brief of the block.
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