Exploring the differences between fully institutionalized poorness such as that established by prisons or prison-like conditions and creating cultural experiences in which families of low-income who are sustaining modest lifestyles with low environmental impact provide within their community a vital level 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 necessities: water, food, shelter, and security. Meaning is defined by meeting these requirements that can translate into happiness.
The non-subsistent idea suggests the provision of these basics makes room for other emotional and intellectual opportunities. Maslow’s hierarchy is well known. These benefits appear to be overwhelmed by a completely unknown (or poorly understood) set of disruptive factors that prevent happiness and support various social pathologies that infect entire families.
References to research on this subject that extract any of the architectural space contributions to the causes associated with this issue are needed. One of the “bridges” that extends from architecture 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 of the surrounding space. A fifteen-minute TED talk on the idea of gratefulness offers a charming introduction to the problem.