‘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.


Barbara Visser and Lisette Smits, Barbara Visser is er niet/ Works 1990-2006, JRP Ringier, 2006 Christopher Wilk, Modernism, Designing a New World, V&A Publications, 2006

Christopher Wilk, Modernism, Designing a New World, V&A Publications, 2006

Julie Ault and Martin Beck, Outdoor Systems, Indoor Distribution, RealismusStudio, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, 2000

Guillaume Desanges, Paul Scheerbart, Francois Piron, Centre national d’art contemporain (Nice, France), Intouchable, X. Barral, 2006

Ich Bin Keine Küche, Universitatslehergang exhibition and cultural communication management, 2008

Reyner Banham, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, MIT Press, 1980

Norman Potter, Model & Constructs: margin notes to a design culture, Hyphen Press, 1990

‪Victor J. Papanek, Design For the Real World : human ecology and social change, Academy Chicago, 1985

Engagement and Grafik Design NGBK, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Berlin, 2000

Volume 21: The Block, Archis, 2009

Sir Ebenezer Howard, Garden Cities of Tomorrow, 1902 Participation Strategies in Art and Design

Markus Miessen and Shumon Basar, Did Someone Say Participate?, MIT Press 2006 Peter Blundell-Jones, Doina Petrescu and Jeremy Till, Architecture & Participation, Taylor & Francis, 2005

Peter Blundell-Jones, Doina Petrescu and Jeremy Till, Architecture & Participation,Taylor & Francis, 2005

Johanna Billing, Maria Lind and Lars Nilsson, Taking the Matter Into Common Hands: on contemporary art and collaborative practices, Black Dog, 2007

Anne Pasternak and Doug Ashford, Who Cares, Creative Time, 2006

Zak Kyes and Marc Owens, Forms of Inquiry: the architecture of critical graphic design, Architectural Association, 2007

Alltag und Vergessen- Argentinien 1975/2003, Eine Besichtigung im Zeichen der Verloren Utopie, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Berlin, 2003

Art for Change- Loraine Leeson: Works from 1975-2005, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Berlin, 2005

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pöpp 68 (privat öffentlich persöonlich politisch), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 19, Community Design. Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963: Projects

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 20, Community Design. Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963: Texts

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 21, Community Design. Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963: Public Interviews


Floating Permaculture

Floating Permaculture is a polemical utopian statement that proposes creating a system in the North Sea which avoids any exploitation of natural resources. As an answer to overpopulation, it proposes a closesd system of combined energy and food production. on cybernetics:

Cybernetics deals with “control and communication in animal and machine” as Norbert Wiener describes it. It is “the science of effective management and defensible metaphor” (S.Beer and G. Pask). The science works by setting errors in the frame of evaluation and time. The term cybernetics comes from the Greek word “Kubernetes”, which means: steersman.

The research proposal “Floating Permaculture” deals with the fact, that errors where made already and to embody the cybernetic process into a closed feedback loop to create autonomous “green” machines. It deals with the processing of the language of food and energy. One early cybernetic device was the “Gubernator” designed by James Watt. This “Gubernator” is replaced nowadays in the machine by its pre-programmed computer chip, which inhabits regulations. This research tries to adapt this method for a theoretical working system.

Floating Permaculture only focuses on the 2nd order of cybernetics. The first order of cybernetics deals with the observation of the system, while the 2nd order observes the system, were the observer is part of the system. If we create this autonomous system, we have to be aware, that human being is always part of this new feedback loop. It is only possible to find a solution if mankind understands, that we are in the system.

3 February 2011, 15.21 — posted by Doris