In-Habitation / Dis-Continuity
Mankind’s search for shelter is the absolute essence and basis of architecture.
For early humans shelter involved making use of what was readily available in their natural
environment to create dwellings that reflected their immediate needs and responded appropriately to
the local climate conditions. Everything else was simply refinement, or you could call it “design”,
finding better ways to improve on the basic solution and responding to cultural needs and
The on-going success of a particular location, site, building type or construction method depended
therefore on various factors, availability of resources, security, cultural (and by extension religious)
fulfilment, economic stability and political will.