Blurring the Kitchen Work Triangle
Ethel Baraona Pohl, Anna Puigjaner, César Reyes Nájera.
Volume #33 "Interiors"

Volume issue #33 "Interiors" deals with the idea that for years, the interior played second fiddle to ‘proper’ architecture, but there are signs a shift is taking place. They stated "Stagnant economies, shrinking populations, environmental imperatives, all signal that there is less reason to build, and more reason to make better use of what we have." According to their research and the idea of ‘open up’ architecture and taking a closer look inside, we have written an article about the kitchen and the well known work-tringle.

Before the post-war consumer lifestyle settled down there was a time when hotel life defined a standard type of housing where the limit between private and public was blurred in favor of social engagement. New York was filled with apartments houses that offered domestic services as hotels did: collective kitchens, dining rooms, dancing halls, shared maids, centralized vacuum systems, nurseries… Proof of that is that most of the apartment lacked of service spaces in its arrangements. They lacked of kitchens for instance, usually dwellers didn't cook, the meals were served in a common dining room or in each of the apartment thanks to a dumbwaiter that connected the apartment with a central kitchen.

After the war the consume of domestic services and spaces was substituted by the consume of domestic devices, addressing social agenda towards a new lifestyle based on the suburbia homestyle. Apartment building with shared services were reorganized to satisfy new domestic values. However most of them still exist showing traces of an old lifestyle that can still be a reference to address a new domestic realm more socially constructive in terms of economy, ecology and everyday comfort.

By looking backward to old forms of shared domestic accommodation, we are also looking forward and wondering if these forms of sharing and collective participation can be helpful to track and learn new ways of inhabit the spaces we live in.

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