A house is a building designed to sustain human life. This concept is important because it points out that houses do the same job as some other familiar structures designed to sustain human life: our bodies (see figure 1).
Third, the human body creates a separation from outside elements that could damage us. For example, our skin keeps out unfiltered water and air, and our immune systems fight off invading pathogens.
Finally, the body maintains a constant connection, or exchange, with the outside. Oxygen, food, and water come in while carbon dioxide, urine, and feces go out in a constant cycle that must be perpetuated almost completely uninterrupted from the day we are born to the day we die. Thus, the body is a miraculous house delicately and exquisitely crafted to create space, regulate temperature, and maintain a constant separation from and exchange with the outside.
Initially, the body was all the house we needed. But as we started moving about the diversity of landscapes and environments, peoples encountered climates that pushed our bodies beyond their job descriptions. We then used our brains to come up with ways of augmenting our bodies. Clothing was an innovation, a second skin, that allowed our bodies to maintain a stable interior temperature while exposed to lower outside temperatures. Housing was another, more ambitious innovation developed to help our bodies sustain human life in the difficult climates and environments we encountered.
Historically, housing developed slowly within particular cultures and in response to specific climates and environments. Using materials from the site and techniques developed out of long experience with an exact location and climate, each culture around the world crafted a unique style of housing from the fabric of their surroundings. The traditional housing approaches were specific to the culture, climate, and environment from which they emerged.
With this in mind, you as a community member have an opportunity to provide us with important feedback on your current housing conditions and concerns, as well as, helping to define future housing for the Spokane reservation. Let your ideas, opinions, and comments be heard in this process. Completed surveys are confidential. As with previous surveys the responses are compiled and the results are provided in the Rawhide Press, community presentations, the Sustainable Community Project website, blog and Facebook page.
Your participation is valuable to the process. Please take a few minutes to complete the Housing Element Survey. If you need more room for comments, feel free to use the back of the page. If you have questions or would like clarification on survey questions, feel free to contact Antithesis Research staff at 258-7100 or stop by our office (in the old R Store) at 6201 Ford-Wellpinit Road. Arrangements can be made for us to pick up the completed survey at your convenience. We will also make an attempt to go door to door to distribute/collect surveys at the end of April. Due Date: April 30th 2012.
Shawn Brigman, Antithesis Research