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In contrast with more homogeneous environments, we also
sometimes noticed interesting
variation within the homes we
studied. For example, sustainable
“green homes” designed to take
advantage of sun and wind for
heating and cooling have strong
temporal variation based on natural forces [ 9]. As another exam-
ple, many Jewish households use
technology to help them observe
the Sabbath as a day of rest,
providing a completely different
experience from the rest of the
week [ 10]. While these variations
are associated with specialized
purposes, they inspired us to
consider how other consciously
designed variations might mani-
fest themselves in homes for the
Based on these observations,
we introduce the concept of the
“heterogeneous home,” a diverse
and dynamic domestic environment. In this vision we explore
the interaction between technology and architecture in the home
and consider how the two can