SQM: The Quantified Home

The way we live is rapidly changing under pressure from multiple forces—financial, environmental, technological, geopolitical. What we used to call home may not even exist anymore, having transmuted into a financial commodity measured in square meters, or sqm. Yet, domesticity ceased long ago to be central in the architectural agenda; this project aims to launch a new discussion on the present and the future of the home.

SQM: The Quantified Home, produced for the 2014 Biennale Interieur, charts the scale of this change using data, fiction, and a critical selection of homes and their interiors—from Osama bin Laden’s compound to apartment living in the age of Airbnb.

With original texts by: Rahel Aima, Aristide Antonas, Gabrielle Brainard and Jacob Reidel, Keller Easterling, Ignacio González Galán, Joseph Grima, 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, and Bruce Sterling.

The book is published by Lars Müller, and is now available for sale in Europe; it will be available in the UK from December 2014, and in the US from January 2015.

The dust jacket is screen-printed on wallpaper in 22 different patterns, randomly mixed.

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Edited by Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Andrea Bagnato, Tamar Shafrir)
Managing editor: Andrea Bagnato
Book design by Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)
“Home Screen” section: Simone C. Niquille
Flash fiction editor: Gianluigi Ricuperati with Caterina Toschi
Drawings: Folder with U67
Publishing coordination: Rebekka Kiesewetter / Lars Müller Publishers

Thanks to Paola Antonelli, Jan Boelen, Piet Germonprez, Bruce Sterling

With the support of Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium, and of the Flemish Commission
ISBN 978-3-03778-453-2

SQM: The Quantified Home has been awarded at the European Design Awards 2015 with a gold medal for the book cover!
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