80 306 Home: Agencies of Domesticity


Passed foundation level courses at AHO or equivalent

Course content

How does the conception of the “home” transform in a context of global migration? In relation to the “After Belonging: in Transit” theme proposed by the curators of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, this course aims to investigate the notion of “home” and its (interior) spatial implications to map out the architectural implications, agencies and innovative potentials of domestic space. While raising pressing discussions related to our present condition, this course will propose an historical perspective, investigating notions of “home” and domesticity as a political and architectural battleground.
Having transformed from a notion designating “the inner character and sense of subjectivity” in the Renaissance, to a sense of state territory in the 18th century, the interior space became a scene for political discussions related to issues such as class and gender, mass consumption and mass media in the 19th and 20th century. At the turn of the 20th century, with various literary and visual artworks depicting the city from the private lives of the citizens, the domestic interior emerged as both a refuge from the city and dependent on it. This mutual appropriation and dependence between the private and the public suggested not only a reinterpretation of the domestic space but also of the relation between citizens and the urban space.
In the context of this course, the historical perspective will allow us to question the distinctions between public and private; urban and domestic. Further, we will investigate the interior space as a scene for architectural experimentation in multi sensorial performances, and as images and displays of buildings, furnishing, exhibitions, theatrical scenes and in literature, with a particular eye to object/space relations and the of use of colour, materiality and ornament.

Learning outcomes

This seminar pursues a double objective: first, to study the historical and theoretical frame in which notions of “home” and domesticity has developed since the Renaissance. Secondly to explore how the notion of the “home” is subjected to transformation in a time of global migration.

Working and learning activities

Lectures, reading assignments, writing assignments, class discussions, film screenings and invited guest lectures. Each session will include a small lecture or presentation as well as reading and discussing key texts of architectural theory in the morning. In the afternoon, film screenings or excursions might be organised in relation to the session’s thematic.

Professor in charge

Mathilde Simonsen Dahl, Léa-Catherine Szacka

BS, 2015-04-07