Past Event

Rethinking Practice: Climate, Equity, Labor

November 10, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
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Avery Hall (Room 114), Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description

The Rethinking Practice symposium aims to promote a dialogue around radical practicing to address the discipline’s exclusionary dynamics to prompt models that allow architects to reclaim agency over the design processes, ethics, and the condition of labor under which architecture operates. The symposium asks how to redefine and reshape the practice as an alternative to corporate structures and their refusal of ethics to re-engage architecture with its core values of politics in a collective effort to tackle climate change, race, and gender, among others. The symposium centers around conversations that interpret, reflect, and analyze spatial practice to reassemble it into alternative modes that form new kinship among the workers, the architects, the clients, and the environment. These alternative practices reframe how to approach information gathering and explorations of aesthetics, geometries, and materials in a task to undo the biases of the discipline. Furthermore, the symposium reinforces the strong relationship between the academic space and the space of the practice.

Event Information

Free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Hosted by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.