THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

USER'S MANUAL

USER'S MANUAL

‘The Grand Domestic Revolution—User’s Manual’ (GDR) investigates the domestic space and its (changing) use through a variety of methods and disciplines, traversing the fields of art, design, architecture, urban planning, activism and theory. A number of artists and other practitioners contribute to this endeavour. Residents from 2009-2011 include Sepake Angiama, Paul Elliman, and Doris Denekamp who utilized neighbourhood and online research to create prototypes and interventions around the theme of (Green) Cooperativsm. Wietske Maas and Travis Meinolf experimented with Home Production; while 'interor' infrastuctural interventions for the furniture, library and hallways were created by ifau & Jesko Fezer, Mirjam Thomann and Graziela Kunsch. Current themes and residents from February–October 2011 include Kyohei Sakaguchi and Kateřina Šedá who will each investigate forms of usership in architectures; home and housing rights with Maria Pask and Nazima Kadir; the question of invisible and domestic labour taken up by Werker Magazine; Agency will continue its deliberations on copyright issues of domestic THINGS (gardens and textiles); and keywords in relations to food service work will be workshopped with Xu Tan. Parallel to this, the Read-in activity continues. Initiated by artist Annette Krauss and theatre maker, Read-in is an open reading group inhabiting a different neighbour’s home for every session.

LIBRARY

LIBRARY

The GDR library constitutes the backbone of our ongoing ‘living research’ and thus grows over time. The library offers points of engagement with the project and consists of different research materials such as books, articles, images and DVDs (artist’s video, films) that are available for viewing when visiting the apartment. The first installment was done by the GDR team and was later adapted by Sao Paulo-based artist Graziela Kunsch who suggested that the GDR team create thematic selections.

APARTMENT 18B

APARTMENT 18B

'The Grand Domestic Revolution-User's Manual' is a long-term project developed as Casco’s contribution to 'Utrecht Manifest: Biennial for Social Design'. The project deals with the evolutionary and collaborative process of “living” research in the contemporary domestic and private sphere – particularly in relation to the spatial imagining (or the built environment). It aims at re-articulating while exercising the notions of the social, the public and, eventually, the commons.

TOWN MEETINGS

TOWN MEETINGS

IN AFFINITY

IN AFFINITY

Since August 2010, the GDR team have undertaken research in order to connect with the local neighbourhood on questions relating to peoples’ social conditions and material environments. Questionnaires, interviews, and conversations are the methods used to explore the themes and problems addressed in GDR, such as self-organised governance, co-operative living, and spatial organisation in and from the domestic sphere.

DOLORES HAYDEN

Historian Dolores Hayden is the author of six award-winning books about the character and design of American cities and suburbs. Also a widely-published poet who often writes about the landscape, she teaches at Yale University where she recently created a new class on "Poets' Landscapes."

Her most recent non-fiction books include Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 (Pantheon, 2003) and A Field Guide to Sprawl (with aerial photographs by Jim Wark, W.W. Norton, 2004). These titles have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, CNN and The Diane Rehm Show.

Her earlier works include Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975 (MIT Press, 1976) and The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities (MIT Press, 1981). Redesigning the American Dream: Gender, Housing, and Family Life (W.W. Norton, 1984, rev. ed., 2002) explores housing and child care, tracing the United States experience in contrast to England, France, Sweden, and the Soviet Union.

As founder and president of The Power of Place, a non-profit arts and humanities group based in Los Angeles from 1984 to 1991, Hayden laid out a downtown itinerary to celebrate the historic landscape of the center of the city and its ethnic diversity. Under her direction, collaborative projects on an African American midwife's homestead, a Latina garment workers' union headquarters, and Japanese-American flower fields engaged citizens, historians, artists, and designers in examining and commemorating the working lives of ordinary citizens, projects documented in The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (The MIT Press, 1995).

Hayden's work has been widely translated. She has received an American Library Association Notable Book Award, two awards for Excellence in Design Research from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Graduate Medal for outstanding scholarship, the Davidoff Award for an outstanding book in Urban Planning, the Donald Award for feminist scholarship, and many other prizes. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and held Rockefeller, ACLS/​Ford, Radcliffe, and CASBS fellowships as well.

Before Yale, Hayden taught at MIT, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. She is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College, Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where she received her professional degree in architecture.

Her new poetry collection, Nymph, Dun, and Spinner, was published in fall 2010. American Yard appeared in 2004. Recent poems are in The Yale Review, Southwest Review, Slate, The Best American Poetry 2009, and Verse Daily. She has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club. In 2008 she gave the Yale Phi Beta Kappa poem. She is a Connecticut Performing Artist and a New England States Touring artist eligible for public funding for her readings and workshops.

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NOTES

In Search of Lost Lime

Lime (linden) leaf madeleines


Today was time to crush the urban lime (linden) leaf to a fine powder, which had been drying against the windowsill of the GDR flat.

Drying linden leaves, indoors on tables, benches and the window sill


In times of wheat scarcity (notably during the second world war), some French people used pulverised lime leaf as a flour substitute. Last week I gathered leaves from the shoots that grow on the trunk of linden trees, along the Oude Gracht in Utrecht, and the quieter zone near Beatrix park as recommended by Wim Horst who is Utrecht Park Coordinator and tree authority.

Crushed lime leaf


As a first try-out, I used the lime leaf flower and lime flower honey to make plump little madeleines inspired by the French wartime use of lime flour together with Marcel Proust’s madeleine induced involuntary memory. Perhaps the most well-cited extract of Rembrance of Things Past is when Proust tatses a petite morsel of madeleine dipped in lime flower tea: The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object … which we do not suspect.)

Adapted recipe using lime flower honey and crushed lime flower leaves.


Madeleines: tried and approved by Dr Guo-Dong Wang in Sino Holland chinese herbalist practice (downstairs of GDR flat)


Modest ground-dwelling plate of madeleines shared during Anna Collin's presentation as part of Casco's 'Come Alive!' talks


24 June 2010, 18.06 — posted by Wietske

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