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Architecture and Inequity: New Practices of Care – Panel 2: Politics of Extraction and Exploitation

10 June 2021

Care has often been overlooked in the planning of our cities, sometimes lagging miles behind economic, functional or historic considerations. This year's annual LFA symposium, in collaboration with the Royal Academy, looked to explore some of these issues.

'Architecture and Inequity: New Practices of Care’ brought together conversations surrounding the responsibility of architecture and architects to create equitable and caring environments, along with proposals to address the systemic inequalities in our cities.


Panel 2: Politics of Extraction and Exploitation
The second panel brought together practitioners and researchers from across the globe to discuss the role architecture has in embedding exploitative or colonial practices and explores strategies of resistance.

Control / Delete: Against an architecture of domination and control
Alessandro Carlucci: latinx migrant, mentor in the Spatial Justice Design Think Tank, at the London School of Architecture.
Deep-rooted colonialist practices are still used today by councils and landowners to displace minorities for profit under the guise of ‘revitalisation’. This paper argues that it is time to confront the role that architects play in making our cities less inclusive and investigates practices that could instead enable local communities to shape their environment.

Not just Sorry, but Thanks
Poppy (Alicia) Bell: Australian-Chinese architect and founding member of MISC. Studio, an architecture collective interested in the intersection between social activity in the city and digital fabrication.
This research focuses on identifying how architecture and urban planning processes challenge or embed colonial forces within Sydney, focusing on three areas: architectural policy and accreditation, architectural education, and architectural practice on an urban and public scale.

A Call for Care
Catalina Mejía Moreno: lecturer in Architectural Humanities at the University of Sheffield.
The paper turns to a series of extraction infrastructure projects in Colombia to explore alternative ecologies of care. Moreno examines the strategies employed by collectives opposing forceful displacement from their territories that include centring womxn’s practices of sustenance, making kin and embodied knowledge.

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