Topogenesis of a place, case of the dining room or triclinium of a Roman domus in the proconsulary Africa


  • Rym El Asmi Nouira


This article deals with the genesis of a place, here the dining room of the roman domus or called triclinium and with the contribution provided by the «lived « architecture. This one is not limited to surface effects, but in fact draws in depth a poetic of the «inhabit». The latter takes into consideration the action program of the actors in their inner space. Here we start with the «architectural paradigm» which according to Muntanolà considers architecture as a «logico-topo-symbolical» instrument generator of places for living. For that we will try to understand the process that allows us to move from a lived space to the configuration of that space, by focusing on the different everyday life scenes. According to Renier we can start with the fact that the lived or real space encloses several comprehension levels tied by the action activated by its occupants. Thus, this article attempts to demonstrate that from the first conforming of this space, which is rigid, static and born of the programming, a second configuration is connected. That one is actually flexible and dynamic, the dweller’s anchored2 real space in their temporal experience. The dining room of the domus will be taken as a support space of this application.