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SEARCHING FOR
LIVING PLACE
SOCIO-SPATIAL EXPLORATIONS
FOR SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH
COLLABORATIVE RESIDING

JONATHAN GRANBERG & HAMLET MIRJAMSDOTTER

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Figure 23. meso-domestic settings in the plane oF activity.

NEIGHBOURLY
CONNECTION

COMMON
COLLABORATION

DOMESTIC
COMFORT

PERSONAL
INFLUENCE

ENGAGEMENT

PARTICIPATION

PRESENCE

PRIVACY

CO-HOUSE STUDENT
CORRIDOR

HOUSING
COLLECTIVE

Figure 24. examples oF possible settings in existing shared residences.

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privacy. Within a controlled zone you generally have the possibility
to foresee if other people will enter your sphere and hence change
the level of stimulation. If you are occasionally alone within a shared
space, it possible for others to enter without warning, while a zone
within the personal influence is perhaps never entered by others if
you don’t let them in.

The second level of attending stimulations is that of presence.
This level is experienced if your focus of engagement is directed at
a personal activity, but with other people present in the zone. You
might occasionally share some words or in other ways acknowledge
each other, but there is no real interaction except the sensation that
people are present.
If you start to move your focus of engagement towards a common
activity that include more people, the stimulation comes from an
interaction beyond presence. This reaches the level of participation.
This might be watching a film, sitting and studying or maybe
preparing food or cleaning together. These are occasions where
you would say that you’ve been spending time together and doing
a common activity, even if it doesn’t necessarily include a high level
of socialisation.

The highest level of stimulation is when the focus of engagement
is directed towards a social activity. It might last for a short period
of time as you briefly discuss something with a household member,
or for an entire evening when you meet some friends at a bar or get
together to eat a dinner.

By the use of the four meso-domestic domains and four levels
of attending stimulations, the concept of socio-spatial settings can
be operationalised into a matrix of sixteen elements. It is important
to highlight that within each domain, the social control and spatial
cohesion can vary within the same identity of the specific domain.
There are of course multiple qualitative aspects to describe a certain
socio-spatial setting, but this matrix of meso-domestic settings is
considered a favourable tool to initiate an investigation of various
settings and find some general themes within different ways of
residing.

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