Proliferation of Artifacts Image credit: Simon Clements

Proliferation of Artifacts

Image credit: Simon Clements

The House as a Container

Houses are the ‘containers’ of our lives. They ‘contain’ our lifestyles, relationships and our belongings. They are generally static objects, but are sometimes adapted or added to.  However, within the container, uses, behaviours and the matter they contain continually change through time.

As a container, the home must be able to meet the changing demands for storage space.

Storage is reactive to changing social, economic, technological and demographic drivers.  In times of plenty, many new objects are acquired and need to be stored, and the home has to expand its storage capacity to accommodate what Peter and Alison Smithson called the “glut”20.  Conversely, in times of hardship old objects are not replaced and valuable storage space is given over to more practical uses, meaning a home has to make the best use of what little storage space it has. 

By understanding how the proliferation of artefacts is putting pressure on space in the home, the next stage of this project will seek a new perspective on the ordinary through understanding how collections of every day prosaic objects are impacting on the way we inhabit our homes and how they have adapted over time.