Domesticating Spaces. Socio-Technical Studies and the Built Environment


The main aim of this paper 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/anti-program'' and the study ofdomestication 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 non-residential buildings. Based on the application the concepts are extended and consequences for the creation and maintenance of better built environments are proposed.

Space and Culture
Thomas Berker
Professor of Science and Technology Studies