Places and Rights Over the past fifteen years, in Europe and the United States, research and theoretical reflections on dwelling increase with a pronounced attention to the differences. In this paper, I intended to give a political issue to the theme of dwelling, which had evaporated in the celebration of differences peculiar to phenomenological approach. At this aim, my research project focus on the "right" topic. So, attention must be shifted from the experience of "how to dwell" to the "right to dwell", or the rights of dwelling, according to Peter Marcuse and Alain Supiot. The assumption is that architecture and urban design play an important role in the re-writing the rights, as practices which articulate relationship between the formal legal acknowledgement of rights, and the material conditions of their realization. Space defines the conditions of possibility of rights - promoting their emergence and assertion, or making them obstacle. It hosts or prevents the fulfilment; he resists or supports the deployment. These research questions, which refer to the wider European context, have been applied to a particular case study: the neighbourhood of Les Grottes in Geneva.
Keywords: Space, right to dwell-rights of dwelling, contemporary city