UBC Talk: Planning, Building, Dwelling

There’s a talk at UBC Sociology here in Vancouver this week that’s right up my alley!  Honorary Research Associate Martin Fuller will be speaking to his research on Baugruppe (see here and here), with a lovely riff on Heidegger for the title of his talk. Come check it out!

Title: Planning Building Dwelling: On the Activities of Housing

Abstract: This talk will outline a sociological approach to inhabitation that treats housing as a verb, housing as an activity. It does so through building up some of the lessons learned from an in-depth case study of a new residential building in Berlin. This building is unique for two reasons, firstly it was produced by a so-called ‘Baugruppe’, a group of people who are involved in the participatory planning of the building that holds their future homes, and secondly this group includes both private owners and a co-operative housing association. This talk looks into some of the dynamics of participatory planning, building and dwelling.

Martin Fuller is a researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology) in the Department of Sociology. His main research interests are in cultural and urban sociology, often looking at the intersections of the two. His PhD was completed at the University of Cambridge and researched early career visual artists in New York and Berlin. Today’s talk draws upon his recent research on housing, architecture, space and home.

The talk will be in ANSO 2107, from 11:00-12:20 on April 25. Lunch will be provided.

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