In Session – Sites of Labour: Silicon Valley workplace in counterpoint to home-based work
21 July 2020 | 5pm 6pm
This event was live-streamed via Zoom.
Brought to you by the Short Courses & Executive Education team at the RCA.
This event features Claudia Dutson, (RCA) who is researching the spatial and architectural tactics of Silicon Valley, in conversation with Frances Holliss, Director of the Workhome Project and international expert on the architecture of home-based work, speaking about the implications of the global experiment in home-based work during Covid-19 .
Together they present and discuss ideas relating to 'going to work', 'being at work' and 'leaving work' from the contrasting perspectives of Silicon Valley and the home. They will tease out the distinction between working at home and living at the workplace - and explore the impact of Covid-19 on, and implications for, architecture and the city.
Trained in architecture, and with a background in media, her current research combines drawing, installation, and virtual reality to assess the spatial tactics of Silicon Valley management cultures. Writings on architecture and subjectivities of entrepreneurial labour have been published in E.R.O.S. Journal: The Interior (2015), and in two Routledge edited volumes Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies Economies Technologies (2017), and, forthcoming in Nov 2020, Architecture and Collective Life. A VR installation ‘The Model Worker’ was exhibited at Watermans Arts Centre, London as part of the Radical Immersions group exhibition in 2019. She convenes the Virtual Realities + Alterities (VR+A) group at the RCA, exploring feminist, queer and decolonised practices of VR/XR and related media. She is co-editor with Igea Troiani of a special issue of Architecture and Culture Journal; ‘Space to Learn/Think/Work: The Contested Architectures of Higher Education’ (2021).
Architect and Emeritus Reader in Architecture at London Metropolitan University
An expert on the architecture of home-based work, her publications include ‘Beyond Live/Work: the Architecture of Home-based Work’ (Routledge 2015) and DASH #15: ‘Home Work City’ (Nai010 2019), a Dutch journal edition on design for home-based work at the scale of the urban block, with Eireen Schreurs and Paul Kuitenbrouwer. Holliss received AHRC funding in 2009 (Designing the Workhome: from theory to practice) to develop her research (www.theworkhome.com). Further AHRC funding supported an exploration of home-based work in social housing (Towards the affordable workhome: A community-based initiative with home-based workers in social housing). Director of the research-led Workhome Project, she is working on launching a Workhome network – a global call to people interested in how home-based work impacts on buildings and cities - and laws and regulations - to collaborate in terms of developing a world that facilitates it.
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