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Shaping 'infrastructures of care' through design: a case study of the Appleby Blue Almshouse

Davis, Juliet ORCID: 2023. Shaping 'infrastructures of care' through design: a case study of the Appleby Blue Almshouse. Presented at: Caring Cities Seminar: Housing Knowledge Exchange Unit Workshops, UEL, University of East London, 13 November 2023.

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Housing has been conceptualised as an ‘infrastructure of care’ that, as Power and Mee (2019) put it ‘patterns the organization of care at a household and social scale.’ While housing often acts as a locus for care activities, they argue, it also has the potential to either support or hinder the capacity of households, housing collectives and/or communities to practice care. My research has explored how this potential can be formed in the context of design thinking, shaping governance arrangements and also the materialities of housing projects. This talk draws on research for my book ‘The Caring City’ (2022) focussing on an almshouse in London structured to facilitate ageing-in-place. I will show how ideas of care and understandings of care labour, care relations and routines materialised within the project producing specific innovations in housing development and design. I will also offer insights into what these ideas/ understandings open up in terms of possibilities for use, personal development and social relations for those that inhabit this caring infrastructure.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2024 11:00

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