A New Humanitarian Domesticity: Reconceptualizing Socially Just Architecture and Urbanism and Its Manifestation in the Home
Calalo, Olivia Helen
In an increasingly globalized world, it is far too simplistic to see the value of the home just as a laboratory for speculation on the future of living. More realistically, a significant percentage of the global population live in homes in which basic subsistence is more engendered in the nature of dwelling than any futuristic incubator of idealism. Thus, there is a discordance in using the home as a device to speculate about the future, when the home, at present, is hardly a stable and equitable reality for much of the world. The home may indeed still be the last and “only possible site of art production left to architecture,” (Colomina) but it is not in the way the modernists imagined it to be. To truly speculate about the future of living requires acknowledgment about the real social, economic, and ecological vulnerabilities facing the way we dwell today, and how we expect to dwell in the future. This acknowledgment in tandem with a reconceptualizing of how “socially just” architecture and urbanism manifests in the 21st century and onward, will provide a better platform to speculate on what it means to dwell within a complex world of vulnerability and inequity.
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis