architecture of lonelitude


    Title: Arquitectura de la soledad (Architecture of loneliness and solitude)
    Type: publication as result of research project at Tampere University, Faculty of Built Environment
    Funding: Sustainable Welfare Systems (SWS) and the Intelligent Society (INSO) platforms, profiling initiatives at Tampere University
    Researchers and editors: Rosana Rubio, Fernando Nieto
    Texts: Ben L. Mijuskovic, Christina R. Victor, Juhani Pallasmaa, Rosana Rubio, Fernando Nieto, Javier Echeverría, Atxu Amann, Flavio Martella, Lola S. Almendros, Lars Svendsen, Christopher R. Long, James R. Averill, Eric Klinenberg and Juan Navarro Baldeweg
    Publication date: March 2024
    Publisher: Ediciones Asimétricas
    Collection: I+U Research and University
    Design of collection and cover: Toni Cabré
    ISBN: 978-84-10065-09-3


    Arquitectura de la soledad (Architecture of loneliness and solitude) brings together ten essays that explore the intricate relationship between the experiences of loneliness and solitude and the built environment in contemporary society. With the increasing prevalence of people living alone and the generalization of social relationships maintained in virtual environments, it becomes imperative to examine loneliness and solitude from multiple angles.

    This book, conceived from an interdisciplinary perspective, unravels the complexities of a deeply human phenomenon. From psychological approaches to philosophical analyses, the authors challenge the conventional notion of unwanted loneliness as a contemporary epidemic and raise the possibility that solitude can be a positive force in human existence.

    The various essays and academic articles examine how the built environment can accentuate or mitigate the various manifestations of loneliness and solitude. From the individual scale of the room to the breadth of urban landscapes, the authors outline architecture’s ability to mediate between individuality and community.

    This book challenges preconceived notions and raises essential questions about loneliness and solitude, offering a unique and valuable perspective for researchers, practitioners, and all those interested in understanding the complex dynamics between the individual, others, and the built environment.

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