HOME AT WORK
Grant Programme for Internationalisation (Creative Industries Fund NL)
Team: Monique Smit, Annebregje Snijders
2014 - 2015
Home at Work is an exploration of design research into housing for employees of Dutch multinationals in emerging economies. The exploration consists of historical research and fieldwork related to three Dutch multinationals in Indonesia.
Multinationals are relocating much of their production to emerging economies across the whole world. In these countries they build factories where low-wage workers can produce goods. Where and how do these workers live at present? And how would they ideally like to live in the future? How do multinationals view the living conditions of current and future employees? These are some of the questions at the heart of Home at Work. During the exploration the needs and corporate visions of worker housing at three Dutch multinationals will be charted: Unilever, Philips and DSM. In the past, these three multinationals have all built factory villages. The history of these factory villages is a subject of study. In addition, the study examines the current situation in Indonesia.