When Doors Are Removed for Our Own Safety: The Material Semiotics of Telephone Booths

Bidragets oversatte titel: Når døre fjernes for vores sikkerhed: Telefonboksens materielle semiotik

Mette Simonsen Abildgaard*

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Abstrakt

As a twentieth-century design staple, the telephone booth encompasses architecture, urban planning, and communication technologies. I aim to establish a material semiotics of the historical artefact by considering a case study
of a 1980s controversy in Copenhagen involving the “failed” Question Mark. By drawing on ANT (actor-network theory), I identify three “matters of concern” at play in the controversy: terrorism, disability, and Danish Design. In the analysis, a multiplicity of human and non-human actors are shown to act in the ongoing process of designing for public spaces.
Bidragets oversatte titelNår døre fjernes for vores sikkerhed: Telefonboksens materielle semiotik
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftDesign and Culture
Vol/bind11
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)213-236
Antal sider24
ISSN1754-7075
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 4 maj 2019

Emneord

  • ANT
  • urban planning
  • terrorism
  • collective action
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • disability
  • material semiotics

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