How we design, build and maintain our homes and most of all perceive them holds an important part in the discourse on global resource distribution. Home as a concept is vague and basic, yet influential, ranging from the physical manifestation to the social constructs or theoretical platforms surrounding it. The way home is commonly portrayed in a commercial and political context emphasizes individualistic consumption and ownership. Relating to a cultural communality based in a post-industrial supposed consensus on what the “good home” is, natural or social resources compete with perceived value in short-term financial capital gain. The issue of developing sustainable living environments is especially urgent in emerging urban regions, although depopulating areas are similarly facing large challenges, particularly on how to manage a sustainable de-growth. These situations are directly connected to the discourse on how we are to build for current and future extremes of environmental and/or economic turbulence. In the context of global constraints and their impact on how we are to [re]build living environments in the future, this paper addresses the adaptability of the concept of home and the factors that influence this adaptability. The potential of introducing new ways of residing is dependent on the design of systems where a redefinition of home is of particular interest.The overall aim of my research is to explore how the concept of home is applicable in architectural academia and practice with focus on the sustainable development of current and future living environment. This pilot study creates the conceptual framework and the foundation for further collection of essential data. A theoretical model is illustrated by two precedent dialectics: the motivational justification of need/desire (Maslow, 1947) and the cultural influence of identity/communality (Altman, 1987). The study is based on literature, accessible databases and previous work at the institution including semi-structured interviews and key informant interviews with residents, realtors, housing authorities, residents’ associations, developers and designers. By creating an analytical tool for the concept of home, the role of the architect in defining home becomes more apparent. Challenging the architectural profession, this entails creating attractive environments that facilitate a balance of resources in the context of rapid global changes whether climatic, societal or financial. The analysis contains multi-level factors concerning among others; legal, architectural, political, commercial and behavioral prerequisites of the concept of home. Case studies of selected residential areas of varying building typology, socio-economic and cultural composition are placed in the defined dialectic contexts. The study shows the relevance of evolution of the concept of home in the adaptation to new, sustainable living environments.