‘The Grand Domestic Revolution—User’s Manual’ (GDR) investigates the domestic space and its (changing) use through a variety of methods and disciplines, traversing the fields of art, design, architecture, urban planning, activism and theory. A number of artists and other practitioners contribute to this endeavour. Residents from 2009-2011 include Sepake Angiama, Paul Elliman, and Doris Denekamp who utilized neighbourhood and online research to create prototypes and interventions around the theme of (Green) Cooperativsm. Wietske Maas and Travis Meinolf experimented with Home Production; while 'interor' infrastuctural interventions for the furniture, library and hallways were created by ifau & Jesko Fezer, Mirjam Thomann and Graziela Kunsch. Current themes and residents from February–October 2011 include Kyohei Sakaguchi and Kateřina Šedá who will each investigate forms of usership in architectures; home and housing rights with Maria Pask and Nazima Kadir; the question of invisible and domestic labour taken up by Werker Magazine; Agency will continue its deliberations on copyright issues of domestic THINGS (gardens and textiles); and keywords in relations to food service work will be workshopped with Xu Tan. Parallel to this, the Read-in activity continues. Initiated by artist Annette Krauss and theatre maker, Read-in is an open reading group inhabiting a different neighbour’s home for every session.


The GDR library constitutes the backbone of our ongoing ‘living research’ and thus grows over time. The library offers points of engagement with the project and consists of different research materials such as books, articles, images and DVDs (artist’s video, films) that are available for viewing when visiting the apartment. The first installment was done by the GDR team and was later adapted by Sao Paulo-based artist Graziela Kunsch who suggested that the GDR team create thematic selections.



'The Grand Domestic Revolution-User's Manual' is a long-term project developed as Casco’s contribution to 'Utrecht Manifest: Biennial for Social Design'. The project deals with the evolutionary and collaborative process of “living” research in the contemporary domestic and private sphere – particularly in relation to the spatial imagining (or the built environment). It aims at re-articulating while exercising the notions of the social, the public and, eventually, the commons.





Since August 2010, the GDR team have undertaken research in order to connect with the local neighbourhood on questions relating to peoples’ social conditions and material environments. Questionnaires, interviews, and conversations are the methods used to explore the themes and problems addressed in GDR, such as self-organised governance, co-operative living, and spatial organisation in and from the domestic sphere.

GET ORGANISED: Channelling public versus private spheres

Katherina Seda, There is Nothing There, 2003

Graziela Kunsch and Vitor Cesar, Conversa Como Lugar, Editora Pressa, 2008

If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism, A project by Martha Rosler, edited byBrian Wallis, New Press 1991

Keg De Souza and Zanny Begg, There goes the Neighbourhood! Redfern and the Politics of Urban Space, Breakout Desing Print Web, 2009

Fritz Haeg, Edible Estates: Attack the Front Lawn, Metropolis Books, 2008

Kateřina Šedá and Jana Klusáková, For Every Dog a Different Master/ Kazdei Oes Jina Ves, JRP Ringier Kunstverlag AG, 2009

Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol, Moderna Museet Projekt, Moderna Museet, 2001

Katherina Seda, *1977

Sören Andreasen and Lars Bang Larsen, Julie Ault, Carlos Basualdo, Dave Beech & Mark Hutchinson a.o., Curating Subjects, Open Editions, 2007

John Griffin, A structured anarchism: an overview of libertarian theory and practice, Freedom Press, 1991

Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein o.a., A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Berkely California, 1977

Alfredo M. Bonanno, Armed Joy, Elephant Editions, 1977

Boris Groys, The Communist Postscript, Verso, 2009


Plant Manual: A small and beautiful new manual just arrived at the GDR apartment.

GDR plant manual

Made by the team of interns at Casco: Constança Saraiva, Elsa-Louise Manceaux and Sumire Kobayashi, the Plants Manual aims to be an important tool for all the residents of the house, this manual will help to sensitize the residents to the living inhabitants in the balcony that are often forgotten: the plants.

Making the manual

The booklet contains basic plant care instructions and a profile of each plant and seed available at the apartment. Each plant profile has information about sowing, growing, flowering and harvesting, a small history about the origin of the plant and perhaps more importantly, its medicinal and culinary use.

Sumire, Elsa and Constanca

In each profile, residents are invited to contribute their knowledge about the plant, to improve and accumulate tips from plant grooming to recipes. This manual format also invites one to include new profiles as plants sprout in the apartment garden.

These plants were firstly part of the project Centre for Cooperative Living in April of 2010 and are nurtured through in MEAL MACHINE, ongoing project by Doris Denekamp and Arend Groosman.

We hope you will enjoy it!

4 January 2011, 18.07 — posted by Casco