Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability

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Date: 17 September - 18 September 2021
Venue: Online
Time: 10.00-17:00 (17 September) and 10.00-14:30 (18 September)


Our first online conference in autumn 2021, Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability (RAPS) on 'Radicality' aims to explore, imagine and radically shift conceptualisations of architecture practice for sustainability.

Our premise comes from our interest in understanding how we get to and overcome 'the root of something' and how radical architecture can manifest and thrive in its multiple and many modes that shift current dominant paradigms of evidence based and quantifiable measures to deliver sustainable outcomes.

A radical approach specifically aims to uncover root causes as opposed to surface explanations, viewing ecological problems as rooted primarily in socio-political notions of nature, multispecies activity and needs, building and not building, activating and resisting as well as entangling.

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Climate crisis, resource depletion, social segregation and other societal challenges - humans are increasingly threatening their own conditions of existence. The necessity for systematic change appears to be obvious, but how to enact this radical transformation is still unclear.

Within the last three decades discussions concerning 'sustainability' have in architectural debates and practices become mainstream and caused much confusion and haziness, in which easy rhetorical use masks lack of real change, commitment and responsibility.

The project

Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability (RAPS) is characterised by a departure from narrowly instrumental debates and instead geared towards re-thinking architectural design and research practice for sustainability with the aim to advocate innovative approaches and systemic change. This project seeks to explore the role of architecture and architects in promoting sustainability. We argue that architecture / architects need to be more aware about their potential contributions throughout the entire design process in order to play an important and proactive role in this transformation.

Sustainability in architecture is necessarily interdisciplinary and complex. Thus, this project aims to propel a broad understanding of sustainable architecture that includes diverse interdisciplinary perspectives: technology, materiality, responsibility, ethics, knowledge production, philosophy, social sciences, aesthetics, politics, agency and more. A broader understanding of sustainability in architecture, that includes questions how knowledge is generated, problems are framed, design targets defined, concepts created, choices made and how these shape design development, building materialization and operation.

Thus, this project aims to explore, create, develop and encourage future concepts, propositions and scenarios geared towards radical change.

How to register

Please register for this event.

Image courtesy of @Epochcollage

Cost: Various see online store
Contact: Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira
E-mail: Sonja.Dragojlovic-Oliveira@uwe.ac.uk

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