Capturing territories through energy distribution
in Dreams of disconnection
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The history of the creation of the major networks is a web in which technical, financial and political choices were entwined, not without certain ambiguities. It was a battle of technical models, scales, movements and governance modes, in which engineers and architects took part on several occasions. In 1920, mechanization invaded the home: kitchen, bathroom and laundry were equally affected. The habitation’s degree of modernity was henceforth measured by the number of electrical outlets and its household appliances. The network system remains the model to defend and improve. Connection wins. Disconnection is never mentioned as a project and rarely in terms of positive values. Disconnection is therefore seen as the negative of connection and is perceived as undesirable, marginal and even punishable. To be “disconnected” is to be marginalized or excluded, to be deprived of access to the essential utilities and services that are the norm in modern society.

Dreams of disconnection

From the autonomous house to self-sufficient territories

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