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Rituals of Care: Reimagining Welfare
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Stadsbyggnad, Urban Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1744-6776
2019 (English)In: NORDES Nordic Design Research: Who Cares? / [ed] Tuuli Mattelmäki, Ramia Mazé, Satu Miettinen, Espoo, Finland: NORDES , 2019, Vol. 8, p. 1-5Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The legendary Swedish welfare state model comprised, on its smallest scale, an infrastructure of ‘common rooms’ (gemensamhetslokaler). Here, we explore common rooms as a spatio-social concept inspired by ‘the commons’. We argue that common rooms were fundamental to the Swedish welfare state model until the 1990s, and that the divorce of the spatial dimension from the social apparatus contributed to its decline. Using recent common rooms (Gemeinschaftsräume) in subsidized housing in Vienna as our empirical example, we illustrate how collectivity is influenced by changing legal frameworks, with common rooms receiving new attention in recent sustainable housing policies. On the micro level, we explore how these have led to paranoid constructions, but also to reparative acts and rituals of care for common rooms and their communities. What can we learn from this, and what larger structures of care can we develop for the future?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Espoo, Finland: NORDES , 2019. Vol. 8, p. 1-5
Series
NORDES, ISSN 1604-9705 ; 8
Keywords [en]
welfare, commons, social sustainability, paranoid structures, practices and rituals of care
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Design
Research subject
Art, Technology and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-264959DiVA, id: diva2:1376110
Conference
8th Bi-Annual Nordic Design Research Society Conference - Who Cares? 2-4th of June 2019 Finland
Note

QC 20191209

The conference paper is accessible through the NORDES homepage. A longer version of the text "Caring for Communities" can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335610998_Caring_for_Communities_Fur_Gemeinschaften_sorgen

Available from: 2019-12-08 Created: 2019-12-08 Last updated: 2019-12-09Bibliographically approved

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