London Festival of Architecture Symposium: Architecture and Inequity – New Practices of Care.

At this years upcoming London Festival of Architecture Symposium:Architecture and Inequity: New Practices of Care | Event | Royal Academy of Arts (10 June, 2-8pm) participants will be able to hear from Jordan Whitewood-Neal (presenting part of his work on our MRes Architectural Research) and also from our former colleague Catalina Mejia Moreno.

This year, the LFA symposium will be online and will focus on the responsibility of architecture and architects to create equitable and caring environments.

Care has often been overlooked in the planning of our cities, sometimes lagging miles behind economic, functional or historic considerations. This symposium will bring together original research that considers the systemic inequalities in our cities and proposes positive approaches that explore the built environment from a critical perspective.

Assistant Lecturer Jordan Whitewood-Neal will give a paper entitled – No Longer Dreaming of Dropped Curbs.
Dreaming of space begins in architectural education, and disability of all kinds can lead us to enriched and vivid dreams of a city which preserves the disabled body as an agent of space. This paper argues for the value of disabled students and citizens and explores these ideas through a critical study of the Architectural Association, a pedagogical and spatial microcosm for the tension between conservation and access.

Much missed colleague Catalina Mejía Moreno who now lectures in Architectural Humanities at the University of Sheffield will give a paper entitled – A Call for Care.
The paper turns to a series of extraction infrastructure projects in Colombia to explore alternative ecologies of care. Catalina will examine the strategies employed by collectives opposing forceful displacement from their territories that include centring women’s practices of sustenance, making kin and embodied knowledge.