Investigating the Role of Walls in the Dialectic of Rupture and Connection in Contemporary Houses Based on Users’ Lived Experience

Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Architecture, Engineering Faculty, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Engineering Faculty, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, Art & Architecture Faculty, Yadegar-e-Imam Khomeini Shahre Rey Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

4 Associated Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tehran Central Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


Problem statement: One of the main tasks of architecture is to regulate indoor and outdoor communication. Lack of attention to this communication and coexistence between them is one of the problems that architecture faces today and the result is the lack of quality in living spaces and dissatisfaction of humans in residential spaces. The walls, as the first mediator between outside and inside, regulate this dialectic between man and environment, which have taken different forms in different periods. How walls affect the user’s perception of space from the dialectic of rupture and connection is a question that the present study seeks to understand.
Research objective: This study aims to investigate the role of walls in the dialectic of rupture and connection, to develop a model based on the perception of users and explain how different factors interact in this process.
Research method: The present study is qualitative with an interpretive paradigm Grounded theory method. Key informants has been selected with snowball method and sampling method is purposive theoretical with semi structured inteviews.. Data collection proceeded until reaching to theoretical saturation and was analyzed and three step coded in Max QDA software with the systematic method of Strauss and Corbin and presented in the form of Creswell paradigm model.
Conclusion: The obtained model showed that the dialectical change of rupture and connection, is dependent on the time-space context and is the result of the interaction of various factors. In this regard, the central phenomenon of the obtained model, called the wall monologue, reflectsthe fuzzy perception of the users from the role of walls in the dialectic of rupture and connection. This means that in the range of rupture and connection of today’s houses, the perception of users, is in the range of “more rupture than connection”, while the individual parameters, were recognized as the most effective parameter in the perception process.


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