Lawrence Barth

Professor of Urbanism at Architectural Association and Architecture & Planning Consultant

Conference: From House to Home

“Our lives as creatures of nature and society require foundations being laid in particular places. The idea of home is derived from memories and cultural influences. The role of the home is crucial in the formation of our personality. Architecture has an impact on the home. To create a home requires a building, cultural traditions and the appropriate space. Home, house and place. A home is a place of refuge. The place where the natural world and man’s fundamental needs meet: the material construction in a natural environment. Man needs to live with others in a community. A house in a town therefore has a social dimension, both public and private.”