Ideas of living

This is an issue about how domestic space organizes our surroundings and habits and values and bodies. It is also about convention: how norms became norms, and how design might gently or violently pull them apart to propose new ways of relating to ourselves and each other in our most intimate settings. It offers a few terms for discussing what can happen when architectural ideas come home.

Article 4 of 17 Tokyo, London, Milan, Ahmedabad

Ryue Nishizawa, architect. Ken’ichi Suzuki, photographer. View of kitchen, House A, Tokyo, 2006

Stephen Taylor, architect. Ioana Marinescu, photographer. View from interior through perforated shutters, Chance Street houses, London, 2006

Umberto Riva, architect. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. View of kitchen counter, Casa Insinga, Milan, 1990

Bijoy Jain, architect. Mitul Desai, photographer. View of double-height courtyard, Ahmedabad House, February 2014

These images appeared in our books Some Ideas in Living in London and Tokyo (2008) and Rooms You May Have Missed (2015). Along with their accompanying exhibitions, the books explore ideas of inhabitation as they play out in different urban contexts and through different systems of architectural production. They are part of a series that brings together architects around themes of contemporary concern.


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