Mindmaps of apartments drawn by inhabitants, redrawn by research team for anonymity reasons


The research project Labour@Home deals with the changing wage labour society since the 1970s and the accompanying dissolution of the strict separation of housing and work. The project does not focus on the wage labour relations of the 20th century, but turns to housing as a heterogeneous field of labour. People do not only live at home.

Socio-economic developments since the 1970s and the digitalisation of the 21st century have given rise to "working at home" as a reality of life. In relation to discourses of feminist economics and critical anthropology, Labour@Home does not limit the concept of work to wage labour, but sees the most diverse forms of activity as work.

The project is linked to emancipatory ideas and claims that there is a direct relationship between working- and living-conditions. Equal and just participation in society (and the labour market) is therefore not only dependent on working conditions, but is dependent on the relational link between working and living.

The setting for the research is the municipal and non-for-profit post-war housing stock in Vienna. In close cooperation with partners from the public and non-profit housing sector, the research team of architects and social scientists analyzed the (living and dwelling) spaces of two housing estates.

Based on this, interrelationships of work and living and dwelling were identified, and spatial relationships traced. At the same time, the results were reflected upon and possible interventions discussed with the project partners. The aim was to develop a design process for an improved understanding of housing conditions with regard to work at home.

    Search and Shape, Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft
    Daniele Karasz,
    Niloufar Tajeri

    Slađana Adamović, Mark Scherner, Marek Nowicki, Sarah Naira Herfurth, Natalia Hinz

    Wiener Wohnen, Österreichisches Siedlungswerk (ÖSW), Österreichischer Verband gemeinnütziger Bauvereinigungen - Revisionsverband (GBV)

  • Funded by »Digitalisierungsfonds Arbeit 4.0« AK WIEN