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Accepted Paper:

The significance of fresh air  
Bettina Hauge (DTU)

Paper short abstract:


Paper long abstract:

In a qualitative study on the use and significance of fresh air in private homes, the situations and times in which fresh air was used, several interesting social aspects relating to this practice came forward, challenging to some extent the practice theories focusing on skills & competencies as a major domain of the practice performed (a.o. Shove 2003, Shove & Pantzar 2005). Actions relating to the use of fresh air appeared as an integrative practice, constituting particular social domains. Deconstructing the use of fresh air highlighted 3 main dimensions relating to its significance:

a functional (practical features);

an aesthetic (bodily and sensory features); and

a social dimension (care and impression management).

The findings encourage to step away slightly from the current focus in design anthropology on action, moving towards a more phenomenological perspective of 'being' rather than 'acting' (realizing, of course, their interrelationship).

Panel W047
Design anthropology: intertwining different timelines, scales and movements
  Session 1