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Knowledge production in temporary care in architectural space
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5295-2482
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Architectural space is a collaborator and knowledge producer in care to older people. Architectural space is also a therapeutic landscape that shapes care in different forms and designs (Conradson, 2005; Curtis et al., 2007). This presentation compares two different architectural designs of temporary care facilities, with the aim of showing how architecture contributed to two different therapeutic landscapes and caring practices although both facilities offered respite care and intermediate care. The analysis builds on organizational theory and Actor-Network Theory (Czarniawska and Hernes, 2005). Among the architectural features that differed were double rooms compared with single rooms, which had an impact on the allocation of rooms to different patients and the allocation of patients to the facilities. Another difference was that the double rooms were located in a permanent elderly care facility, while the singles were in a dedicated facility. These two situations engendered entirely different caring encounters and knowledge about individual patients which emerged from interactions between people, space and materialities. The conclusion from the comparison was that architectural space produces knowledge about caring organizations whereby they learn about themselves, their practices and their patients.






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In session:

The geographies of architecture, knowledge and care

Institutions and architecture are intertwined in a way that bypasses the intentional architectural object, especially in spaces intended for institutional care. Locations, buildings, rooms, regulations, policies and organisational structure frame the way in which care is provided and how the experience of receiving care is perceived and performed. The theoretical insights behind this approach derive mainly from Foucault, Goffman and Deleuze & Guattari, e.g. regarding what institutions do to people, how people cope with institutional framings and how space, objects and practices are entangled. This session seeks to highlight architecture as a dynamic location for knowledge formation, thus relating it to the conference theme as a co-producer of space together with its users. Furthermore, the session seeks to draw architecture and geography more closely together, looking beyond architecture and buildings as mere objects and instead applying a relational spatial perspective (Dovey 2013, Jacobs & Merriman 2011, Murdoch 2006). Our objective is to introduce different perspectives into the geographical field of knowledge regarding institutional care by examining how care organisations and practices may emerge in and from architectural space. Although architecture is comprised of tangible, solid matter, often producing small-scale spatialities, it nevertheless defies the restricted boundaries created by itself. As a rule, it transgresses its own physical content in partnership with those who populate it, whether humans or non-humans (e.g. Yaneva 2012). This makes it possible to talk about architecture in terms of experiences of space (e.g. Ballantyne 2004). This session aims to present examples of knowledge formation in certain architectural realms where care is provided in different modalities. The session presenters, who originate from the fields of architecture, geography, history and social work, together demonstrate a variety of ways in which care practices and discourses make use of architecture and other material stuff to change and fluctuate, to stabilise and to capture new meanings by negotiations in space.


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Keyword [en]
architecture, care
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Architectural Engineering Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110013OAI: diva2:742110
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014, 27-30 August 2014, London, UK
Available from: 2014-08-31 Created: 2014-08-31 Last updated: 2015-04-22

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