Case Studies: Telli - Tscharnergut 


and Policies/Practices

The anthropological analysis of policies and practices of publicness requires a multidimensional framing of the two Swiss housing complexes not only as a built structure but rather as a system, that is dynamic and performative, a system that is connected to local everyday experiences and narratives of people. Our analysis focuses on the conditions and material structures that are (re-)produced in the planning and management on site. But it also evaluates the prevailing discourses and regulations going along with power relations as well as the imaginations, transformations and appropriations of space in everyday life, that have the (subversive) potential to provide other meanings and visions than the ruling order suggests. This sheds light on the multidimensional spatial and social everyday production of publicness on site: on practices of participation, integration and civic involvement as well as on areas of conflict.