Multi-locality as a living and working practice

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (MDT)
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Johanna Lilius, Kimmo Lapintie
Chairs: Kimmo Lapintie


Kimmo Lapintie, Department of Architecture, Aalto University Finland
Cédric Duchene-Lacroix, Department of Science of Society, University of Basel
Johanna Lilius, Department of Architecture, Aalto University Finland

The growing number of multi-locals, who share their everyday life across several places, increasingly challenges the assumption of monocentric living and working. Multi-locality is driven by a number of factors, including economic differences between regions and countries, political instability, availability of professional jobs, technological advancement and the growing importance of leisure activities. Although practically no statistical data exist to verify who the multi-locals are, they are often identified to include at least second-home owners/users, children of divorced parents, those Living apart together (LAT´s), transnational migrants, seasonal workers, and professionals who either work and reside in different places on a regular basis, or divide their working hours between different workplaces. There are a number of interpretations on how multi-locality is perceived at the individual level and what impacts multi-locality has on the identity, social encounters and family-life of the multi-locals. It is clear that the life of these individuals is not contained in only one neighbourhood or even city or city-region, which, however, often is the framework that policy-makers and planners are dealing with. The organization of services, for example, is difficult at the local, regional and national level, as citizens can formally have only one home address even if they use several. Therefore more integrated studies are needed to understand the relationship between multiply-situated everyday lives, mobility and territorial boundaries.

To this session, we invite abstracts broadly on multi-locality and welcome both conceptual and empirical investigations. The topics can be related to the list below, but they may also include other directions:

- multi-locality as a life-course/lifestyle strategy
- multi-local working practices
- the impact of multi-local living arrangements on family life and social relations
- service provision for multi-locals
- gender and multi-locality
- urban planning and multi-locality
- different types of multi-locality


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Claudia Hille*, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Between mobility and mooring – coping strategies of multi-local-living-commuters 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Danielle Lindemann*, Lehigh University, Gender, Marriage, and Satisfaction: Lessons from Commuter Spouses 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Nitin Bathla*, ETH Zurich, From Multi-locality to Urban Contestation: A study of housing and work practices of labor migrants in the extended urban region of Delhi 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Johanna Lilius*, Aalto university, Kimmo Lapintie*, Aalto University, Space, place, urban planning and multi-locals – a Finnish perspective 20 4:05 PM
Discussant Kimmo Lapintie Aalto University 20 4:25 PM

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