bachelard oikos law
from Aaran Gare:
all mankind should strive to improve the conditions for its multi-level constituent communities in order to realize its potential to improve life. This becomes possible, in turn, due to the creation of “houses” or niches for the life of different communities, where the concept of “house” refers not only to humanity, but also to the current state of the global ecosystem, includes the “houses” of national communities, local regions, cities and towns and non-human organisms and biotic communities, as well as the homes of individuals and families.A good “home” for people is not only a matter of architecture and urban planning. This is such a house in which they experience security, can realize their potential to improve their lives, can make themselves known without fear of punishment and can manage themselves and the environment.
bachelard oikos law et al
Homes are a prerequisite for genuine communities and for a fulfilling life, complementing the lives of these communities.
“The private home is not an isolated unit, but a living system within a mass of systems, requiring the labor of many.”
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In this house, I’m a fetus, cradled, protected, fed and watered inside these nourishing walls..t
“Beyond the boundaries of the home itself we find a vast interlinked system of networks,..t pipes and wires that enable the modern city to function,” writes Matthew Gandy in his essay “Cyborg Urbanism,” and beyond the city limits the tubal networks fan out in space and back through time, via pipes and ditches and dams, through shipping routes and into pit mines. This connection to — and dependence on — infrastructural networks that aid and supplement our daily lives produce what Paul Graham Raven, and later Deb Chachra, calls the “cyborg collective” (cyborgs abound in this cityscape). In this formation, all of us are bound together by the mass of pipes and wires, dependent on what we’ve built and mutually invested in the care and continuity of our systems.
Everyone deserves this kind of care, I think, but a glance out the window reminds me that not everyone has it..t
bachelard oikos law as org of econ
those of us with flick-of-a-switch access to power and water are massively advantaged in the reproductive labor stakes. I can shit and shower whenever I like, with no one yelling at me or threatening to call the cops.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), we can’t take care of ourselves alone. Within the city, especially, our ability to live comfortably and maintain our bodies and communities depends on the branching networks of pipes and tubes and the labor that feeds into them. We’re enmeshed in the infrastructures of the collective cyborg even when it’s clearly failing us, undermined by rot and capital. I want the intimate care I feel in my household nest to be extended across the entire system, but instead I walk through the neighborhood and spot only the ruptures. People locked out of obscene housing markets, clothing stores peddling jeans for which rivers were dyed blue and made deadly, and public toilets that always seem to be locked. I want to see it torn down, but I also want to see it repaired, so it can repair us.
Collective care without the collective assemblage of infrastructure is near impossible, so we need to figure out how to maintain the systems that still function, and how to fix the ones that are broken or working against us.
Infrastructure is a massive investment, and much of that investment has already been made. To maintain it, to take care of the far-reaching tendrils of the homes that sustain every day, is the best way to respect what we’ve already created, already ruined.
iwan baan ness
If the house must be imagined as a womb, perhaps that’s OK: the parent/fetus relationship was never a private relationship either. The parent eats, drinks, connects to the appendages of the collective cyborg, in order to nourish and nurture the creature within.
.. the infrastructures of the home mean that we’re inexorably intermingled, codependent, and beholden, even as we might feel more disconnected than ever. To survive, we need to build the strategies and solidarities that allow us to maintain the infrastructural systems that serve us — an act of self-care beyond the boundaries of the self
the dance (aka: undisturbed ecosystem) will never dance until we let go
commons house ness
house church ness