Come down to Machine Project Thursday, November 3rd at 8pm, for a lecture on The Thermostatic Interior by UCLA architectural historian Michael Osman.
The lecture will trace the development of the thermostatic interior through the nineteenth century, and show this artifact to be one consequence of “a principle of regulation” that gave purpose to environmental mechanisms in both the home and factory.
From Michael: “The historical process of coordinating these mechanisms into systems reveals the construction of certain boundaries that we now take for granted: interior and exterior, work and home, architect and technician, material and immaterial, visible and invisible, mechanism and organism. As environmental instruments were transferred from industrial to domestic contexts, the lecture will show that they became central to a managed “economy of labor” in the household and thus fundamental to the definition of its modernity.”
This lecture is free and open to all!