The Humanitarian architecture society at Sheffield University screened Equal by Design earlier this month to an audience of around 15 students.
6 December 2017, 6:30 PM
The Building Centre
This event, chaired by Peg Rawes and featuring architects who contributed to project film Equal by Design, is part of the Making Wellbeing: from Birth to Death exhibition at The Building Centre, curated by The Built Environment Trust.
Tickets and further information available here.
Solutions to the housing crisis are political and complex with change needed at policy level as well as across the building industry. However, debates often exclude the role of the architect. This event will explore how architects can be actively involved in addressing issues of inequality and disparities of wellbeing in the built environment through housing design and provision.
Architects Peter Barber, Alex Ely and Sarah Wigglesworth will talk about their approaches to human-centred design and concerns for wellbeing. The speakers will shed light on the positive agency an architect can have and will consider what must be addressed for such approaches to have a stronger influence on housing provision and wider architectural practice.
The individual presentations will be followed by a chaired panel discussion and audience Q+A.
– Peter Barber, director of Peter Barber Architects
– Alex Ely, principal of Mæ Architects
– Sarah Wigglesworth, director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Chair: Peg Rawes, co-author of Equal By Design and senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Tickets and further information available here.
Exhibition run now extended to 26 January
We are excited to announce the Making Wellbeing exhibition, opening on 9 October at The Building Centre in London. Project film Equal by Design is featured in the exhibition.
9 October – 26 January 2018
The Building Centre, Store Street, London
Making Wellbeing is an exhibition and related programme that assembles key themes, recent explorations and interventions in the built environment that impact wellbeing at all stages of life, from birth to death.
In 2017, wellbeing is a benchmark that drives everything from government policy to classroom spaces, from the interior arrangement of offices to the design of buildings for care at the end-of-life.
But the term itself is a contested notion with many facets. Through a selection of major international architectural projects, new smart city technologies, research by ethnographers and academics, and even an interactive sleep pod, the exhibition gathers voices and knowledge from across the spectrum to offer insights and open up debate.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major event series and will be the key theme for the second issue of BE:, the journal of The Built Environment Trust.
Curated by The Built Environment Trust
Equal by Design will be screened as part of the Arts of Spinoza and Pacific Spinoza conference and events in Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of May. Beth Lord and Peg Rawes will be joining by Skype for a discussion session afterwards.
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/.
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.