Architecture and Citizenship: Who are we designing for?
Date: 13 February 2017
Venue: Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE
Speakers: Alastair Parvin, co-founder, WikiHouse Foundation
Finn Williams, public planner, GLA
Nathan Ardaiz, Research Associate, Azuko
Euan Mills, Urban Design and Planning Lead, Future Cities Catapult
Lucia Caistor, Associate, Architecture Sans Frontières, UK
Martin Barry, Director, reSITE
Other speakers to be confirmed.
MoA’s thematic programming on Architecture and Citizenship explores the relationship between politics and the built environment with the aim of helping architects become active agents of social change.
In their daily practice, architects and designers work with different types of publics, ranging from private individuals, groups and communities, to corporations or public institutions. Defined and guided by these relationships, the architects’ work both reflects those very publics and actively constructs them by giving shape to their their needs, desires, social status, and aspirations.
What does it mean to design for each of these different types of publics? How do different scales and types of citizenship in turn shape the architect’s work? What is the politics behind designing for individuals and families, rather than entire countries or regions? This talk will bring together seven speakers whose work is closely related to different types of publics, be it as clients or final users. The categories - individual, family, community, city, region, country and international - will point to the wide-ranging impact that designing for each group has within the broader context of a civic society.