The general idea of this workshop Is to concentrate on a longitudinalperspective for the exploration of the use and meaning of home. The accentshould be on the spatial and temporal experience of being at home, includingboth affective and symbolic related issues. During the last three decades, the growth of interest in urban and housinghistory has produced a large volume of studies that have examined broad,societal parameters, or themes, such as housing policies, economics, andlegislation. In this respect, research by architects, economic, social andurban historians has examined dwelling units built for different socio-economic classes in a wide range of locations and societies, some limited tospecific towns and others to specific periods of time. Concurrently, therehas also been a growing volume of studies by social scientists about thehistory of households and families. Nonetheless, many contemporary housingstudies give scant consideration to the lifestyle and values of the residents:Apart from many functionalist studies of the use of dwelling interiors, therehas rarely been any systematic consideration of how domestic daily life isrelated to the spatial organization, the nomenclature and the furnishing ofrooms; or how these change during the course of time. In general, theInterrelations between societal and personal ideas, processes and values, andthe design and use of dwelling units, have commonly been overlooked. Newconcepts and methods are required to examine change In time within thedomestic realm.The task for some of us, during the last two decades, has been theredefinition and reinterpretation of housing history. It has becomeincreasingly clear that an integrative approach is required if the affectiveand temporal dimensions of domesticity are to be examined in a morecomprehensive way than hitherto. This reorientation could begin with theformulation of an integrative history of domesticity which encompasseshuman activities, motives, processes and ideals, as well as the spatial andtemporal organization of dwellings.This workshop provides the occasion to discuss some conceptual andmethodological Issues related to the elaboration and application of this kindof integrative approach. One conceptual question, for example, concernschange In time within the domestic realm which includes both broad societaldevelopments leg. building construction, domestic technology and householddemography) as well as individualized processes (eg. the residentialbiography of each family and individual): How should these different sets ofprocesses be conceptualized in order to respect an integrative approach ? One methodological question, for example, concerns the additive approach ofinterdisciplinary teams, such as collaboration of academics andprofessionals at the interface of architecture and social science disciplines.Given that this kind of collaboration has rarely been successful, whatalternative means can promote the integrative approach that is sought ?These and other matters shall be discussed and illustrated with respect toongoing research.