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Space in Use: dwelling in days, weeks, seasons and decades

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Space in use: dwelling in days, weeks, seasons and decades Abstract: The paper provides an analysis of space-in-use and useable space to extend research into the spatiotemporalities of the home. Dwelling space in days, weeks and seasons is explored by drawing on 14 oral history interviews and archive work in Stevenage new town, UK. Using time geography concepts of daily path, life path and project (Pred, 1981) and recent discussions on infrastructures in practice (Nansen et al, 2011; Schatzki, 2010; Shove et al, 2015; Blue and Spurling, forthcoming) three intersecting dynamics are identified, which when considered together explain why particular temporal patterns of space in use exist and how they change. These are: the intrinsic logics of dwelling practices; the making of useable spaces in houses; and, the dialectic between life paths (the institutional roles of individuals) and daily paths. These dynamics combine and connect in everyday life to (re)produce and transform patterns of dwelling space at different times of the day, week and year. Space is not synchronic and fixed from one moment to the next. Rather there are temporal patterns of space which are central to meanings and practices of dwelling and of the home. Understanding space in use takes us beyond analyses bounded by the four walls of the building, instead illustrating that dwelling space is also an outcome of institutional and spatial relationships beyond the home.

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TitleConfiguring Light
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event