Book launch: Activism at Home. Architects dwelling between politics, aesthetics and resistance


“What is particularly engaging about this book is the range of less well-known projects and architects, each of whom deserve greater recognition for their unique contribution to activism. It shows that the home remains a site of continued interest, fluidity and experimentation” (From the foreword by Sarah Wigglesworth)


Isabelle Doucet, Chalmers ACE, and Janina Gosseye, TU Delft, invite you to the presentation and discussion of their new edited volume Activism at Home. Architects dwelling between politics, aesthetics and resistance (Jovis 2021), with invited guest Irina Davidovici from ETH Zurich. 
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Activism at Home offers a unique study of architects’ own dwellings; homes purposely designed to express social, political, economic, and cultural critiques. Through thirty case studies by architectural scholars, this book highlights different forms of activism at home from the early twentieth century to today. The architect-led experiments in activist living discussed in this book include the dwellings of Ralph Erskine, Paulo Mendes Da Rocha, Charles Moore, Flora Ruchat-Roncati, Kiyoshi Seike, and many others. Offering candid appraisals of alternative living solutions that formulate a response to rising real estate prices, economic inequality, social alienation, and mounting environmental and cultural challenges, Activism at Home is more than a historical study; it is an appeal to architects to use the discipline’s tools to their full potential, and a plea to scholars to continue bringing architecture's activist practices into focus—whether at home or elsewhere.   
 
 

Schedule Thursday 21 October 2021:

17.00 Presentation of the book by the editors, Isabelle Doucet and Janina Gosseye
17.15 Conversation about the publication with invited guest Irina Davidovici
17.45 Q&A   
 
Link to the meeting
Password: 547931   
 
This event is jointly organized by Chalmers University of Technology, the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, ACE and Delft University of Technology, the Department of Architecture.   
Category Event
Location: Online
Starts: 21 October, 2021, 17:00
Ends: 21 October, 2021, 18:00

Page manager Published: Thu 07 Oct 2021.