“Homes manifest mechanisms of power via relationships of gender, class and age”

The way our homes are designed is intrinsically linked to domestic power struggles, write Charles Holland and Margaret Cubbage.

What is the relationship between architecture and power? How can buildings – inert piles of stone and steel, glass and concrete – exert power over us?

The obvious place to look might be examples that clearly aim to control or confine us, such as prisons. Alternatively, power may be found in buildings for political institutions or corporate HQs. There is, however a subtler realm in which architecture exerts control over our lives. That place is one that almost all of us experience: the ordinary domestic spaces that we inhabit every

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