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.
Tuesday 19 July: Peg Rawes, Adam Low and Martin Rosenbaum attended an in-house screening at Shelter (UK), and hosted by Deborah Garvie, for staff from London and Shelter Scotland. The discussion took in the current political context, the need to bring out positive approaches to tackling the issues (e.g. Land Trusts or examples of good practice from the EU/International housing contexts), and the value of ‘reason’ for engendering better notions of wellbeing and self-determination across society.
Peg Rawes showed the film at the Levitt Bernstein Architects, as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, on Monday 4 July. Partner, Jo McCafferty, and colleagues took part in a conversation which considered the potential for the project to build alliances in the profession and also with other partners/stakeholders, especially, around health issues. The film’s themes struck a chord with the practice, known for its thoughtful housing projects. Dan Liston commented here: ‘The issues in the film are highly relevant to much of the work we do in our Practice and resonated with many of us on a personal level. It proved to be highly motivating and thought provoking at a time when the concerns raised could not be timelier.’
On Saturday 21 May, ‘Equal by Design’ had its premiere screening at Bertha DocHouse in the Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema, London.
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.
Joining the project team at the premiere were the film’s director Adam Low, producer Martin Rosenbaum (Lone Star Productions), editor Joanna Crickmay, and sound designer George Taylor. The screening was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Peg Rawes with film contributors Deborah Garvie, Duncan Exley, Peter Barber, Sarah Wigglesworth, Olly Wainwright, and Alex Ely.
Audience members, who joined the discussion and subsequent launch party, included architects, academics, and third sector professionals. Thank you to everyone who participated!
10 February 2016. Peg Rawes gave a lecture, ‘Relational Architectural Ecologies’, for the Urban Regeneration and Cultural Heritage Lecture Series, MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
20 November 2015. Peg Rawes gave her paper, ‘Housing biopolitics and care’ at the International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference. Beckett University, School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds, UK.