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In Reserve: The Household!

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Publisher: Spector Books ISBN: 9783959050913 Editors: Regina Bittner, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Elke Krasny Format: Softcover, 270pp, 240 x 170mm

“How are we to live in a way that is healthy and economical?” One answer to this question was provided by Ernst Jahn’s film of the same name Wie wohnen wir gesund und wirtschaftlich? (1926–28), which showed the kitchen in the Gropius House complete with all the latest domestic appliances. The Dessau Masters’ Houses were not only showcases of “new living” (Neues Wohnen) but also places where modern methods of housekeeping could be demonstrated.

The topical relevance of this question was discussed at the 2015 Haushaltsmesse, an international trade fair on the art of housekeeping and budgeting. Taking a documentary approach to this subject, this book brings together these different viewpoints and eyes the question through the prism of the problems we face today. In the face of climate change and dwindling resources, the externalised costs of running a modern household are back on the (kitchen) table. The book is a compilation of essays by internationally renowned anthropologists, economists, artists, architects, historians, and cultural studies experts and also contains a wealth of historical documents and photographs.

Text: Regina Bittner, Rosie Cox, Adam Drazin, Katherine Gibson, Rania Ghosn, Hilde Heynen, Maliha Safri, Stefani Bardin, Katja Szymczak Contributors: Gemma Savio / Chloé Roubert, Irma del Valle, Iris Lacoudre, Alison Hugill, Andres Jaque, Sarah Bonnemaison, Zissis Kotionis / Phoebe Giannisi, Yane Calovski, Mauro Gil-Fournier a.o.