The everyday is therefore the most universal and the most unique condition, the most social and the most individuated, the most obvious and the best hidden [...] Banality? Why should the study of the banal itself be banal? Are not the surreal, the extraordinary, the surprising, even the magical, also part of the real? Why wouldn't the concept of everydayness reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary? [...] 


The character of the everyday has always been repetitive [...] situated at the intersection of two modes of repetition: the cyclical, which dominates in nature, and the linear, which dominates in processes known as 'rational'. The everyday implies on one hand cycles, nights and days, seasons and harvests, activity and rest, hunger and satisfaction, desire and its fulfilment, life and death, and it implies on the other hand the repetitive gestures of work and consumption [...] 

















The days follow one after another and resemble one another, and yet – here lies the contradiction at the heart of everydayness – everything changes. 





text: Lefebvre, H 'The Everyday and Everydayness' in Berke, D and Harris, S (eds) (1997) Architecture of the Everyday