Definition Series: House v. Home

March 19th at 7 PM


How are ever-increasing housing prices transforming the experience of the city? Will we ever be able to feel private again as our devices are literally monitoring our steps? What does “home” mean, when public housing is a thing of the past, and domesticity a marketing gimmick?


Under such pressures, the very meaning of home is being redefined: as a war target, as a data factory, as a financial commodity. The book SQM: The Quantified Home (edited by Space Caviar, and produced for the 2014 Biennale Interieur in Belgium) gathers a number of leading authors to explore how ideas of house, home, domestic space have changed over the last hundred years.


The editors and some of the contributors of SQM presented their own definitions of these terms, engaging with the public in a discussion over the manifold and conflicting meanings of the place we call home.



Andrea Bagnato, Gabrielle Brainard, Ignacio González Galán, Joseph Grima, Alexandra Lange, Joanne McNeil, Jacob Reidel, Susanne Schindler


Gabrielle Brainard is an architect, currently practicing with SHoP Architects in New York City. She edited Perspecta 41: Grand Tour, and contributed to the show “Some True Stories” at Storefront in 2008.


Ignacio González Galán is an architect and historian based in New York. He recently co-authored the project “Cinecittà Occupata” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is the chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 “After Belonging” with the After Belonging Agency.


Alexandra Lange is a design and architecture critic, and author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton, 2012). She writes  regularly for Dezeen, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and several other publications. 


Joanne McNeil is a writer from New York. Her work has been published in Art and the Internet (Black Dog, 2014), as well as various magazines including the Atlantic and Frieze. She is writing a book on privacy and Internet culture, and is currently in residence at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center.


Jacob Reidel is an architect at Ennead Architects in New York City. He is a founding editor of CLOG journal, and was assistant curator of OfficeUS at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennial. He contributed to the show “Some True Stories” at Storefront in 2008.


Susanne Schindler is an architect and writer focused on the intersection of policy and design in housing. She teaches at Parsons and Columbia, and is lead researcher of House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate, a multi-year project of Columbia’s Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.


Joseph Grima was formerly director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, and editor of Domus magazine. Since 2013 he leads Space Caviar, a design research office based in Genoa, Italy. He is director of the next Ideas City: New York, and co-director of the forthcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Andrea Bagnato is an architect and researcher at Space Caviar, and a graduate of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London. He was managing editor of SQM: The Quantified Home, and is currently in charge of publications for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

SQM:  The Quantified Home

Editors:  Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Andrea Bagnato, Tamar Shafrir)

Book design:  Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)


Texts by:  Rahel Aima, Aristide Antonas, Gabrielle Brainard and Jacob Reidel, Keller Easterling, Ignacio González Galán, Hilde Heynen, Dan Hill, Sam Jacob, Alexandra Lange, Justin McGuirk, Joanne McNeil, Alessandro Mendini, Jonathan Olivares, Marina Otero Verzier, Beatriz Preciado, Anna Puigjaner, Catharine Rossi, Andreas Ruby, Malkit Shoshan, Bruce Sterling


Publisher:  Lars Müller Publishers

Language:  English

Published in:  2014

Format:  Softcover with wallpaper dust jacket, 304 pages, 140 images

ISBN:   978-3-03778-453-2