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Architectural paradox in the smart home

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Bernard Tschumi pointed out that architecture redefines itself continuously out of the conflict between it being a product of abstract design and the condition that architecture is experienced sensually ‐ conditions that are interdependent and, at the same time, mutually exclusive. How does this relationship change when a further layer is introduced, the user roles determined by the digitized home? For the users, the conceived roles (design and digital) stand in competition and sometimes even in conflict with the habitual roles experienced by their bodies in the physical environment. The awareness of the juxtaposition of the different roles can lead to interesting new possibilities in the user-architecture relationship. On the other hand, disguising or even hiding the differences can not only frustrate users but also further undermine their trust in a technology that tries to impose such roles or, in the users’ eyes, even tries to abuse them.
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Keywords: architectural paradox; atmospheres; embodiment; home technology; metaphors; privacy; smart home

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000419369019University of Plymouth

Publication date: December 1, 2020

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  • Ubiquity is an international peer reviewed journal for creative and transdisciplinary practitioners interested in technologies, practices and behaviours that have the potential to radically transform human perspectives on the world. "Ubiquity", the ability to be everywhere at the same time, a potential historically attributed to the occult is now a common feature of the average mobile phone. The title refers explicitly to the advent of ubiquitous computing that has been hastened through the consumption of networked digital devices. The journal anticipates the consequences for design and research in a culture where everyone and everything is connected, and will offer a context for visual artists, designers, scientists and writers to consider how Ubiquity is transforming our relationship with the world.
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