In the early twentieth century, a desire to master the workings of the city linked it explicitly to the provision of housing. The processes of ‘the urban’ became an ‘ism’, the multiplication of houses became housing. In the twenty-first century, we are witnessing new ways of working, changing social demographics, increased geographical mobility and mass migrations, as well as the pervasive threat of climate change, all of them leading to new modes of urban domesticity - of ‘co-living’ for young urban professionals, of ‘co-housing’ of various kinds, of ‘live-work’ units and of other versions of domesticated working. Sometimes, these trends are born of economic necessity; sometimes, they are driven by aspirations of inclusion, solidarity and sharing. In either case, they are often promoted as desirable styles of life, experiments in housing and working that are linked to the promise of a new kind of collectivity, a new kind of city. The concern of this conference is to interrogate the link between housing and urbanism, not necessarily to disentangle it, but in order to ask what these new forms of living and working might mean for the city and its future.
The primary question asked by the conference is this: what does it mean to be at home in the city in the twenty-first century?
We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines such as architecture, urbanism, sociology, philosophy, geography, anthropology, as well as written and visual contributions from the arts, such as photography or film to explore this question.