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/.
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.
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
Last night saw the first of our London screenings of project film Equal by Design. Held in the atmospheric Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre at University College London, and organized by UrbanLab, the event featured lively discussion between our panel of speakers (Film contributors Deborah Garvie, Peter Barber, and Sarah Wigglesworth; Clare Melhuish from UrbanLab and Michael Edwards from UCL, alongside Peg Rawes and Beth Lord) and an audience of 150. The event had a long waiting list of over 180 people keen to join the discussion!
By popular demand, we are pleased to announce a second London screening of the film on 28 June at 7:00 at University College London, organized once again by our friends at UrbanLab. Free tickets are likely to go fast. Book your ticket here.
On Saturday 28 May, “Equal by Design” had its Scottish premiere at the University of Aberdeen May Festival.
After the screening, Rosemary Brotchie of Shelter Scotland gave a short response, explaining some of the developments and challenges in the housing crisis specific to Scotland. This was followed by an audience Q&A with her, the project team, and the film team.