Project film Equal by Design is now freely available to view and share online:
Based on Peg Rawes’ and Beth Lord’s research from the Equalities of Wellbeing project, the film is a 25-minute documentary about how the philosophy of Spinoza helps us to think about inequality, housing design, and the UK housing crisis.
It features contributions from architects Peter Barber, Alex Ely, and Sarah Wigglesworth; Shelter’s Deborah Garvie and former director of the Equality Trust, Duncan Exley; geographer Danny Dorling and Guardian writer Oliver Wainwright. The film was directed by Adam Low and produced by Martin Rosenbaum of Lone Star Productions.
Additional filmed interviews on the website provide further context for the film.
We hope you enjoy the film and would love to hear your feedback. The audience survey (which ran from June-December 2016) is now closed, but you may send us a comment through Twitter. Join or view the discussion: #EqualbyDesign or tweet us @EqualitiesofWB
Media and other enquiries: please contact Beth Lord or Peg Rawes.
In April 2017, Peg Rawes’ paper ‘Housing Biopolitics and Care’ is due to be published in A. Radman and H. Sohn (eds), Critical and Clinical Cartographies: Architecture, Robotics, Medicine, Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press).
On 20 March 2017, Peg will be giving an invited talk on the film and project: ‘Housing Biopolitics and Care’ for the Architecture Space and Society Centre, Department of Art History, Birkbeck, University of London.
On 19 April 2017, she will give an invited talk to the Department of Architecture, University of Ames, Ames, Ohio, US, and on 21 April, an invited Keynote at the University of Minnesota.
On 19 November 2016, Peg presented a co-authored conference paper with Dr Doug Spencer (Westminster) on ‘Material and Rational Feminisms’ at Architecture & Feminisms: Ecologies/Economies/Technologies, AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association) 2016, KTH Stockholm. The audience was international and included around 50 academics, students, and architectural professionals.
On 9 January 2017, she gave an invited talk on the film at London Architecture School to 35 postgraduate students and academics.
On 19 January 2017, she gave an invited talk on the film to Architectural Interdisciplinary Studies, UCL, to around 25 students and academics.
On 14 February 2017, Peg participated in ‘The House that Philosophy Built’, a panel organized by The Forum (LSE) to a public audience of around 75. The talk is now available on the Forum’s Blog at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/theforum/the-house-that-philosophy-built/.
2016 Groningen Spinoza Symposium.
Paper presented at a one day conference on Spinoza at the University of Groningen’s department of Philosophy. Approximately 10-15 people, both academics and students, in attendance. Outcomes: The paper was re-worked into a journal article that has recently been accepted for publication.
2016 Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Annual Conference
Paper presented at conference where the attendance was approximately 20 people of academics and students.
2017 Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Paper presented at the Centre for Renaissance and Medieval Studies annual conference at the Newberry research library, Chicago. The audience of around 20 people consisted of graduate students of an interdisciplinary background.
Awarded a 2017 Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant
2016 Tutor at the Universify Education Summer School, Somerville College Oxford.
Two days of tutoring (four classes) over the two week Universify Education Summer School. Universify Education is a charity that exists to open access to university education, and is a partner of Oxford Summer Courses, a BAC-accredited summer course provider. Classes were of around 15 students each and consisted of regional state school students. The impact of the philosophy classes can be seen in the video on the website home page (https://universifyeducation.com/)
14 February, 6:30-8:30 PM, London
Readers might be interested in this free event next week, featuring Peg Rawes.
Juliet Haysom, Artist and Tutor, The Architectural Association, London
Kristen Kreider, Professor of Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Peg Rawes, Professor in Architecture and Philosophy, University College London
Shahidha Bari, Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow
This panel will consider the ways in which philosophers have engaged with architecture and explores how architects have thought philosophically about their own work. Are there are philosophical ideals at the heart of civic building projects and social housing programmes? What are the principles of good design and how could a three dimensional space represent an idea? Is the primary purpose of a building aesthetic, social or moral? Do we judge a building on the beauty of its structure, the practicality of its form or the human interaction it enables? And how should we imagine the skyline of the future?
Full details: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/theforum/forthcomingevents/the-house-that-philosophy-built/
Beth Lord screened Equal by Design to Aberdeen City Council’s planning department on 17 January 2017. The audience of around 20 followed up with a lively discussion of some of the issues in the film – including the suggestion that the next phase of the project should propose some practical Spinozistic solutions to the housing crisis.
On 10 November 2016 Equal by Design was screened for a meeting of around 15 members of the Scottish Young Planners’ Network (part of the Royal Town Planning Institute) in Edinburgh. The screening was followed by a discussion with Beth Lord, Adam Lang of Shelter Scotland, and Nikola Miller of Homes for Scotland.
In October 2016, a screening and discussion were held at the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Early Modern Studies.
Further screenings at University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council are coming up in the new year.