The bedroom is the most intimate place in the house. Perhaps this is why it is the place around which our ways of living are organised – from the most intimate to the most public, from the core to the outside, from the smallest to the biggest. To understand how to inhabit the rooms at Vila Itororó constitutes possibly the most delicate issue confronting us, since our answers will influence the usage of all the other spaces. Firstly, it is worth considering the ways of living that prevail in our city. Do they have to be individual? Or could we invent new ways of building our intimacy, together? Secondly, we are analysing the possible usages for these rooms. Should they be preserved just as witnesses of the living habits of families at Vila Itororó in the 1920’s, the 1950’s or in the last few decades? Or perhaps the best way to keep this history alive is to have the rooms lived in, today? Living can be seen as a cultural phenomenon, thus a legitimate part of Vila Itororó’s diverse usage policy. But who could live in these rooms? In what ways?

At left, detail of Vila Itororó Patterns, by Mônica Nador

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