Domesticating Spaces: Sociotechnical Studies and the Built Environment
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionSpace and Culture. 2011, 14 (3), 259-268. 10.1177/1206331211412259
The main aim of this article is to rephrase good and bad performance of built environments as good or bad interplay of spaces, building technologies, and users. To support this perspective, two conceptual tools broadly used within the social study of technology are introduced. These concepts, the semiotic pair “script/antiprogram” and the study of “domestication of media and technology in everyday life,” were originally developed in the search for a better understanding of the mutual shaping of culture/society and technology. In this contribution, these concepts are applied in an empirical study of two nonresidential buildings. Through an extension of these concepts, consequences for the creation and maintenance of better built environments are proposed.