Moving, Making and Atmosphere: Routines of Home as Sites for Mundane Improvisation

Sarah Pink, Kerstin Leder Mackley

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Abstract: In this article, we examine how everyday atmospheres of home are made, maintained and improvised through habitual routines of movement, and the implications of this for co-design for energy demand reduction. Drawing on our ethnography of how people experienced and constituted a sensory aesthetic of home, we analyse the example of lighting use in night-time routines. We propose seeing these routines as sites of the possible, where everyday making might be engaged for co-design. Thus suggesting refocusing ethnographic design research beyond what people do in their homes, towards how they move through and make the atmospheres of their homes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-187
Number of pages17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Atmosphere
  • Ethnography
  • Home
  • Improvisation
  • Light
  • Movement

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