By Jim Miller
Where we live is who we are. Surely, the country, state, city, and neighborhoods we occupy profoundly shape us, but does not the house craft our being in the most intimate of ways?
Gaston Bachelard observes in The Poetics of Space:
“For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.”
Hence, the kind of space we choose to live in has a particularly profound impact on our identity. Bachelard again notes,
“Thus the dream house must possess every virtue. However spacious, it must also be a cottage, a dove-cote, a nest, a chrysalis. Intimacy needs the heart of a nest.”