At different moments in history, domesticity and housing were understood by the State as a means to shape different modes of productivity. All of these moments coincided with social and political reforms that effected the design and provision of housing. Domesticity became an important instrument to construct productive subjects, with productivity seen in turn in economical, social and moral terms. Thus, studies of critical housing projects convey changes in productivity, as well as political and social reforms. However, today a focus on interaction and collaboration in the context of knowledge economies has lost spatial and social ambitions. Productivity has become reduced to an idea of collaboration and its promise of increased knowledge production. And instead of housing, ideas of livability and lifestyle are advocated. This thesis aims to link back ideas of domesticity, production, and productivity and propose housing in the context of the new science city.
Research question: What are the spatial instruments of domesticity that allow a reconsideration of social productivity? Urban question: How can social productivity be thought in contemporary terms to establish an alternative organisation of the housing block? Typological question: Can social productivity be conceived without the notion of collective space in the design of housing?
The chosen site is Kartoffelrækkerne, located between the North and City Campuses of the University of Copenhagen.