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2010-12-09 // // Human Condition, History // Could an utopia solve a real issue? // Assignment

WHAT?
You replace the real house front door handle with this notebook object when you are ready to exchange services with your street neighbours.

WHY?
Women who work outside and also inside their houses may need some help from their neighbours, so they just have to leave a message in their doors.

HOW?
Made out of paper notebook that you cut on your own with a handsaw and following a template is the translation of being virtually online on a website.

My starting issue was the families where women are "overexploited" because they work outside and also inside their houses. My research to find a solution for these women drove me to these three historical utopian experiments (the phalanstère, the familistère and l'unité d'habitation) where the premiss of communal life and working together for mutual benefit avoids "overexploited" situations on women. According to their inner organizations and also according to the buildings themselves, the concept of "proximity" between uses and needs let women work without taking care of their children because the school, the swimming pool, the sport centre, the playground, the shopping area... everything is inside the complex. Trying to transfer this concept of proximity to our current society, with this paper-made object, neighbours are closer to eachother and these women could ask for help just leaving a message on their front door. So nowadays, we don't need an utopia to make the situation of these women better because we have internet; there are websites where neighbours of the same street have access to exchange messages, documents and services. My object is the physical translation of these websites... walking around your own street, you will see who is physically online when you see a notebook handle in the front door, and that means that that person is ready to exchange services with you.

 

Mentors: Thomas Lommee and Frans Ottink