The boudoir, the desk & the couch : Histories, practices and speculations on labour

2. Out of Office

From capitalist realism to domestic realism, architecture has played a major role in the standardization of work as well as in the engulfing of time dedicated to labour. This chapter explores the spaces of labour, the birth of ergonomics and its intersection with both the military and the prison industrial complex. From medieval bloodletting rituals, to transhuman war veterans, from time saving devices to factory panopticons, from architectural standards to a modernist lifestyle design, this chapter traces the slow transformation of architecture into the spatial organization of exhaustion.

Image credit: Douglas C. McMurtrie, Reconstructing the Crippled Soldier p.6



00’15”  Harry Belafonte “Go Down Emanuel Road”

02’10”  Jehan Brassart “Gratulemur Christicole”

03’03”  Marsilio Ficino, “On caring for the health of men of letters”, The Book of Life, translated by Charles Boer p. 27-30

06’02”  Practical Demonstrations of Ergonomic Principles

07’40”  Kraftwerk “The Man Machine”

07’58”  Douglas C. McMurtrie, Reconstructing the Crippled Soldier p.29

09’28”  Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland  “4 Minutes”

10’50”  The Pajama Game, Eddie Foy Jr  “Think of the Time I Save”

12’11”  Norma Rae, 1979

14’19”  Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture, p.288

14’40” RiFF RAFF  “How To Be The Man”


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