‘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.


Emanuele Guidi, Urban Makers: parallel narratives on grassroots practices and tensions, b_books, 2008

Curated by Cecilia Andersson and Karin Aberg, On Cities- Maps, Cars, People and Narratives in the Urban Environment, Waern, 2008

Carme Nogueira and Sophie Hope, The Ruburban Plot, 2009

Maarten Hajer, Arnold Reijndorp, In search of a new public domain: Analysis and Strategy, NAi Publishers Rotterdam, 2001

Marti Peran, Domenec and Xavier Arenos, Roulotte: 05, ACM Art

Curated by Alexandra Stara, Strange Places: Urban Landscape Photography, Kingston University, 2009

Violacoes do Direitos Humanos no Centro de Sao Paulo, Oraganizacao: Forum Centro Vivo

Ton Mattan, Vincent Kuypers and Wim Timmermans, Bosbus – Mobile Nature Reserve, Educational Studies Pr, 2004

Dreamlands: des parcs d'attractions aux cites du futur, Centre Pompidou, 2010

Communist Guide to New York City, Yevgeniy Fik, Common Room

An Architektur, Issue Nr.0 4, US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay: Recht und Raum

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 05, Mission Critical Facility

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 06, Segal/Weizman: Raumliche Analysen der israelischen Siedlungspolitik

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 07, Architekten fur den Frieden, 1983

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 08, Danscha-Siedlung fur demobilisierte Guerrillakampferlnnen

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 09, German-Japanese Village, Utah 1943

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 11, Material zu: Jonh Brian Harley, 'Deconstructing the Map', Interview mit Denis Cosgrove

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 12, Die Geografie des Ausreisezentrums Furth

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 13, Philippe Rekacewicz: Karten zur Globalisierung

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 14, Camp for Oppositional Architecture, Berlin 2004

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 15, Europaische Migrationsgeografien, Polen

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 16, Material zu David Harvey: Flexible Akkumulation durch Urbanisierung

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 17, Material zu Manuel Castells: The City and the Grassroots

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 18, Camp for Oppositional Architecture: Theorizing Architectural Resistance

An Architektur, Issue Nr. 22, GAMMA Grid, 1953. Das Ende des CIAM und die Bidonvilles Casablancas

What is Affordable Housing? (NYC edition), Center for Urban Pedagogy, 2009

The Cultures of Cities, Sharon Zukin, Blackwell Publishers, 1995

Wimby Hoogvliet (Welcome into my Backyard), Crimson Architectural Historians and Felix Rottenberg, Nai Publishers

Ground Truth (Social implications of Geographic Information systems, John Pickles, Guilford press, 1995

atelier d’architecture autogérée, Urban/Act, aaa – PEPRAV, 2007

William H. Whyte, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Project for Public Spaces, 2001


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