This book prompts architects and anthropologists to think and act together. In order to fully grasp the relationship between human beings and their built environments and design more livable and sustainable buildings and cities in the future, we need new cross-disciplinary approaches combining anthropology and architecture. This is neither anthropology of architecture, nor ethnography for architects, but a new approach beyond these positions: Architectural Anthropology.

The anthology gathers contributions from leading researchers from various Nordic universities, architectural schools, and architectural firms as well as prominent international scholars like Tim Ingold, Albena Yaneva, and Sarah Pink – all exploring, developing, and innovating the cross-disciplinary field between anthropology and architecture. Several contributions are co-written by architects and anthropologists, merging approaches from the two disciplines in order to fully explore the dynamics of lived space.

Through a broad range of empirical examples, methodological approaches, and theoretical reflections, the anthology provides inspiration and tools for scholars, students, and practitioners working with lived space. The first part focusses on homes, walls, and boundaries, the second on urban space and public life, and the third on processes of creativity, participation, and design.

chapter |17 pages

The method of architectural anthropology

Six suggestions

part I|73 pages

Home, walls, and boundaries

chapter 2|14 pages

An outdoor living room

Balconies and blurring boundaries

chapter 3|14 pages

Mould, microbes, and microscales of architecture

An anthropological approach to indoor environments

chapter 4|14 pages

Homelessness and homeliness

Collage technique as a research method

chapter 5|14 pages

Walls and islands

Exploring perpetual configurations of carcerality through architectural anthropology

part II|72 pages

Urban space and public life

chapter 6|13 pages

Interdisciplinarity on site

Exploring the urban interventions ‘Unidades de Vida Articulada’ in Medellín

chapter 7|13 pages

Engaging with mixed-use design

The case of the urban library in Oslo

chapter 8|14 pages

Urban youth, narrative dialogues, and emotional imprints

How co-creating the ‘splotting’ methodology became a transformative journey into interdisciplinary collaboration

chapter 9|15 pages

What makes spatial difference?

Conceptualizing architectural anthropology through filmmaking

chapter 10|13 pages

‘After Belonging’

A study of proposals for architectural interventions for arrival of refugees in Oslo, Norway

part III|73 pages

Processes of creativity, participation, and design

chapter 11|13 pages

Architectural anthropologists in the making?

Paths to creative youth participation in local urban development

chapter 12|13 pages

Questioning the shape of social concepts

Transforming anthropological insights into architectural design drivers

chapter 13|17 pages

Rendering atmosphere

Exploring the creative glue in an urban design studio

chapter 14|13 pages

Constructing community?

A collaborative housing development process meeting credit and concrete

chapter 15|13 pages

Norwegian pilots

Navigating the technological logic of sustainable architecture

chapter |13 pages


Engaging architectural anthropology