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1st Edition

Making Homes
Ethnography and Design

ISBN 9781474239141
Published May 18, 2017 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Making Homes: Anthropology and Design is a strong addition to the emerging field of design anthropology. Based on the latest scholarship and practice in the social sciences as well as design, this interdisciplinary text introduces a new design ethnography which offers unique and original approaches to research and intervention in the home.Presenting a coherent theoretical and methodological framework for both ethnographers and designers, the authors examine ‘hot’ topics – ranging from movements and mobilities to im/material environments, to digital culture – and confront the challenges of a research and design environment which seeks to bring about the changes required for a sustainable, resilient, ‘safe’, and comfortable future.Written by leading experts in the field, the book draws on real-life examples from a wide range of international projects developed by the authors, other researchers, and designers. Illustrations throughout help to convey the methods and research visually. Readers will also have access to a related website which follows the authors’ ongoing research and includes video and written narrative examples of ethnographic research in the home.Transforming current understandings of the home, this is an essential read for students and researchers in fields such as design, anthropology, human geography, sociology, and media and communication studies.

Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of AuthorsAcknowledgmentsSeries Preface: Why Home?Rosie Cox, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and Victor Buchli, University College London, UK1. Design, Ethnography and Homes2. Temporalities3. Environments4. Activity and Movement5. Methods for Researching Homes6. Homes in TranslationIndex

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Sarah Pink is Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT University, Australia, Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK, and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at Halmstad University SwedenKerstin Leder Mackley is a Research Associate at Loughborough Design School, UKRoxana Morosanu is a PhD candidate at Loughborough University, UKVal Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, UKTracy Bhamra is Professor of Sustainable Design and Dean of the Design School at Loughborough University, UK


"The home is a familiar space, a place we inhabit in one form or another. Making Homes presents ways not just for observation of that space, but for projection too. Pink et al. brilliantly succeed in both illustrating the manifold complexities of home—""making the familiar strange""—and in portraying the home as a space for future-making. Making Homes is relevant for a wide array of people, social scientists, architects and basically anyone who wants to know more about how we inhabit space. - Gareth Doherty, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, USA A landmark contribution to our understanding of home cultures and the emergent field of design ethnography. The authors rightly understand the home as a site of both habitual everyday life and change. Making Homes is essential reading for designers and researchers concerned with how we create better futures. - Philip Crang, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK"