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Architecture and Everyday Life
The conceptions of the everyday, ‘the quotidian’, as developed by Henry Lefebvre and Michel DeCerteau have become highly influential as critical vectors in establishing alternative urban methodologies, and with good reason, the power of these concepts to suggest that the issue of the late-capitalist city is not simply to do with the material, the functional and the acquisitional, and that contemporary urbanisms should also be concerned with the experiential and qualitative expectations of the populace. Urban citizens are not simply passive consumers but are constantly engaged with the city, appropriating and re-appropriating the sites and systems for their own ends. How architecture and architectural education might engage with such systems is explored in the short essay ‘Urbanisms’, in ‘Bartlett Designs: Speculating with Architecture’, and was the subject of ‘Adjacencies: innovative practices in spatial design and education’ which I co-edited for CSA Publications. The concept of ‘everyday life’ was also the subject for an installation titled ‘Unheimlich’ shown at the Urban Drift Gallery in Berlin which looked the way domestic environments are defined by the intersection of ‘virtual’ and ‘actual’ technologies.
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