chapter  7
18 Pages

Making nature and money in the East Perth redevelopment


This chapter reconceptualises housing/home in relation to interstitial space, highlighting the ways that such spaces perform multiple roles in sustaining the continuity of dwelling against everyday social and ecological uncertainties. Interstitial housing space focuses critical attention on those places and practices whose basic nature falls within and between the familiar boundaries of dwelling and home. Drawing on two informal housing spaces in Australia, 'under the house' in the Queensland colonial vernacular, and the yulka found in remote Aboriginal camps and housing in Central Australia, the chapter makes a claim for the interstitial. Such spaces, precisely because of their temporality and flexibility, are shown to be vital in sustaining home and living environments against social and ecological uncertainties. The chapter advances a conceptualisation of home that recognises the informal, flexible materials and spaces through which housing/home is sustained. It also highlights the importance of indeterminacy and informality in housing research in market and colonial settler societies.