This book prompts architects and anthropologists to think and act together. In order to fully grasp the relationship between human beings and their built environments and design more livable and sustainable buildings and cities in the future, we need new cross-disciplinary approaches combining anthropology and architecture. This is neither anthropology of architecture, nor ethnography for architects, but a new approach beyond these positions: Architectural Anthropology.
The anthology gathers contributions from leading researchers from various Nordic universities, architectural schools, and architectural firms as well as prominent international scholars like Tim Ingold, Albena Yaneva, and Sarah Pink – all exploring, developing, and innovating the cross-disciplinary field between anthropology and architecture. Several contributions are co-written by architects and anthropologists, merging approaches from the two disciplines in order to fully explore the dynamics of lived space.
Through a broad range of empirical examples, methodological approaches, and theoretical reflections, the anthology provides inspiration and tools for scholars, students, and practitioners working with lived space. The first part focusses on homes, walls, and boundaries, the second on urban space and public life, and the third on processes of creativity, participation, and design.
Table of Contents
Architectural anthropology: An Introduction
Marie Stender, Claus Bech-Danielsen and Aina Landsverk Hagen
Architectural anthropology: Six methodological suggestions
Home, walls and boundaries
Claus Bech-Danielsen and Marie Stender
- The viscous porosity of walls and people
- An outdoor living room. Balconies and blurring boundaries
- Mould, microbes and microscales of architecture – an anthropological approach to indoor environments
- Homelessness and homeliness: Collage technique as a research method
- Walls and islands – exploring perpetual configurations of carcerality through architectural anthropology
- Interdisciplinarity on site: Exploring the urban interventions ‘Unidades de Vida Articulada’ in Medellín
- Engaging with mixed-use design. The case of the urban library in Oslo
- Urban youth, narrative dialogues and emotional imprints: How co-creating the "splotting" methodology became a transformative journey into interdisciplinary collaboration
- What makes spatial difference? Conceptualising architectural anthropology through filmmaking
- ‘After Belonging’: a study of proposals for architectural interventions for arrival of refugees in Oslo, Norway
- Architectural anthropologists in the making? Paths to creative youth participation in local urban development
- Questioning the shape of social concepts: Transforming anthropological insights into architectural design drivers
- Rendering Atmosphere. Exploring the creative glue in an urban design studio
- Constructing community? A collaborative housing development process, meeting credit and concrete
- Norwegian pilots: Navigating the technological logic of sustainable architecture
Sandra Lori Petersen
Marie Stender and Marie Blomgren Jepsen
Turid Borgestrand Øien and Mia Kruse Rasmussen
Laura Helene Højring and Claus Bech-Danielsen
Runa Johannessen and Tomas Max Martin
Urban space and public life
Sten Gromark, Aina Landsverk Hagen and Marie Stender
Lisbet Harboe and Hanne Cecilie Geirbo
Cicilie Fagerlid, Bengt Andersen and Astri Margareta Dalseide
Aina Landsverk Hagen and Jenny B. Osuldsen
Lina Berglund-Snodgrass and Ebba Högström
Eli Støa and Anne-Sigfrid Grønseth
Processes of creativity, participation and design
Eli Støa and Aina Landsverk Hagen
Ingrid M. Tolstad and Astri Margareta Dalseide
Drew Nathan Thilmany
Anette Stenslund and Mikkel Bille
Silje Erøy Sollien and Søren Nielsen
Ruth Woods and Thomas Berker
Afterword: Engaging architectural anthropology
Marie Stender is an anthropologist and senior researcher at the Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Claus Bech-Danielsen is an architect and professor at the Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Aina Landsverk Hagen is an anthropologist and senior researcher at the Work Research Institute at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.