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Homefullness

– ett rundabordssamtal om nya sätt att bemöta hemlöshet.

Fredagen 7 december 2012 anordnade The Untitled Collective, en forskningsgrupp baserad i Stockholm och Melbourne, ett seminarium på Färgfabriken i Stockholm. Semniariet belyste frågan om hemlöshet och hur man på nya sätt kan bemöta problemen och förstå de bakomliggande orsaker och "systemfel" som gör att allt fler hamnar i hemlöshet.

"Based on cross-disciplinary and cross-national research the Homefullness Roundtable research network develops new and powerful proposals for local and national governments to tackle homelessness and achieve homefullness."

Rundabordssamtalet på Färgfabriken var internationellt och en rapport på engelska finns att läsa nedan. En projektbeskrivning finns också att ladda ner som pdf längst ner på sidan.


Homefullness Roundtable
The Untitled Collective

"Now we are at home. But home does not preexist: it was necessary to draw a circle around that uncertain and fragile center, to organize a limited space. Many, very diverse, components have a part in this, landmarks and marks of many kinds…The forces of chaos are kept outside as much as possible, and the interior space protects the germinal forces of a task to fulfill or a deed to do."
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 1987.

On Friday 7 December 2012, The Untitled Collective, a research group based in Stockholm and Melbourne, convened an international Homefullness Roundtable at Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Untitled Collective is a transdisciplinary assemblage of researchers and practitioners with backgrounds and expertise in Social Science, Local Government, Urban Design and Planning, Architecture and Art, Industrial and Communication Design, and Philosophy, that has as its goal a socio-political and ecosophical approach to a future of full housing for all, or what we call "homefullness."

The Homefullness project aims to develop through creative research a form of realist utopian thinking that is directed toward different modes of ethical and aesthetic action. A first action, one that united the group, was to write a manifesto insisting that homelessness is a systemic issue and not the problem of the individual who has fallen beyond the margins of society. We argue that what is urgently needed are new approaches to the mental, social and environmental ecologies in which we live.

At the informal and productive Homefullness Roundtable in Stockholm experts and researchers took the opportunity to investigate and compare perceptions, definitions, statistics, and ongoing research on housing and homelessness in the urban contexts of Australia and Sweden. By means of the Homefullness Roundtable, the members of the Untitled Collective sought to extend their Homefullness project, which includes broadening the research across a transnational context and turning the negative attribute of homelessness around so as to emphasize the aspiration toward homefullness.

A cross-national exchange and discussion was developed at the Homefullness roundtable, touching on themes concerning the dry and sometimes misleading census data that attempts to frame the issue of homelessness; housing policy in the Australian and Swedish contexts; the home and questions of the precarity of identity; and fledgling occasions of the realist utopian gestures of creative interventions by way of participatory design and social activism.

Marcus Knutagård, a homefullness researcher based at the University of Lund, and investigating homelessness in Mälmo, presented research describing the institutional loop that disables the potential of Homefullness amidst a prison of institutional rationality.

Keely Macarow described the ecology of bad ideas that is produced by the Australian dream of the large house and backyard, and how home ownership as an Australian ideal is profoundly and problematically tied up with the national identity. Anders Johansson of Testbed studio presented work on the phenomenon of shrinking Swedish towns and the paradox of homes without people to live in them, looking in particular at Hofors and Kiruna, both towns based around the economy of iron ore mines. Neal Haslum, the designer of the Homefullness posters and tea-towels that were strung up for the event, talked about the intersubjective relations produced between designed artifacts and how such relations can be inherently political. Erik Stenberg discussed his ongoing architectural design research on the Miljonprogrammet building stock, which makes up a quarter of the Swedish built environment. Stenberg’s research and practice of discrete renovations is based on an understanding of the modular logic and construction methods first employed to build Miljonprogrammet areas in Sweden, with a focus on Tensta. Sara Vall discussed her 28 Rooms at Slussen design research project, and how the activation of incidental spaces suggests alternative modes of inhabitation not in a distant, abstract future, but in the present. Jennifer Mack presented research on Assyrian Syriac architectural expressions of the home in Södertälje.

Hélène Frichot and Rochus Hinkel were the co-convenors and facilitated the event and the ensuing discussions.

Based on cross-disciplinary and cross-national research the Homefullness Roundtable research network develops new and powerful proposals for local and national governments to tackle homelessness and achieve homefullness.

The Homefullness Roundtable in Stockholm was supported by RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, Architecture in Effect, ResArc, Sweden, Critical Studies in Architecture KTH Architecture, Stockholm, Stadsmission Stockholm, and Färgfabriken, Stockholm.

Participants at the Homefullness Roundtable at Färgfabriken, Stockcholm, included Keely Macarow, Marcus Knutagård, Anders Johansson, Neal Haslem, Erik Stenberg, Sara Vall, Rochus Urban Hinkel, Meike Schalk, Hélène Frichot, Jennifer Mack.

www.homefullness.net

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