Exploring the differences between fully institutionalized poorness such as that established by prisons or prison like conditions and the creation of cultural experiences in which families of low-income who have an interest in sustaining modest life-styles with low environmental impact but provide within their community sustained levels of emotional and intellectual pleasure. This is a subject worthy of development.
The term subsistence implies a life-style highly dependent on the acquisition of basic necessities: water, food, shelter, and security. Here, the meaning of life is defined by meeting these requirements.
The non-subsistent idea suggests the provision of these basics makes room for other emotional and intellectual opportunities. These benefits appear to be overwhelmed by a completely unknown (or poorly understood) set of disruptive factors that prevent happiness and support or make way for various social pathologies that infect entire families.
References to research on this subject that extract any of the contributions of architectural space to the causes associated with this issue are needed. One of the “bridges” extends from architecture is that which serves the monastic life and those who are incarcerated.
David Steindl-Rast has unique insight drawn from a lifetime of the former. He finds the freedom from fear is a good place to start, but only if we stop, listen and go to the references to space in this TED talk on the idea of gratefulness.