Fitting in the House

Taylor, Mark & North, Mari (2002) Fitting in the House. In Macarthur, John & Moulis, Anthony (Eds.) ADDITIONS to architectural history: XIXth annual conference of the society of architectural historians, Australia and New Zealand, 4-7th, October, 2002, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper explores the gendering of architectural space by examining family occupation and use of spaces in the home, such as kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and gardens which were designed with prescribed functions in mind. We expressly deal with several New Zealand State Houses in Naenae, Wellington, a suburban community planned and occupied in the mid nineteen forties. As the antithesis to slum dwelling and promoted through pro-natalist policies, this suburb expressed the state construction of family life with the family as the foundation of the nation. Promoted through a number of newsreels and publications, these ‘sunny’ homes supported by new community shops, schools and playgrounds were presented as ideal places to bring up families.

Oral histories from three original tenants, still occupying the houses, are used to give momentary reflections and memories of family life whilst living in their respective state house. The unique and specific situations of these three tenants offer an insight into such things as added daily work, isolation, and accommodation arrangements necessary for the house to function for the family. Their unique situations present a challenge to many assumptions about the inhabitation of the home by the nuclear family, and directly challenge the gendered inscription of patriarchy in the home.

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ID Code: 12967
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published as a CD edition
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Keywords: interior design, gender theory, domesticity
ISBN: 1864996471
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Mark Taylor and Mari North
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:57

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