Educational Platform: Collective Manifesto Workshop, David Roberts
The Practice of Taking a Position Towards the World: Collective Manifesto Workshop (Online)
with David Roberts (UCL)
Friday 28 April 10 am – 1pm (CET)
The online will take place on zoom. For registration please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this workshop we will debate, draft, and declare an architectural manifesto as a pedagogical tool that develops an ethical ethos to underpin built environment practice. This exercise creates, as designer Corinne Gisel (2016) puts it, a certain disturbance in the curriculum to think otherwise, permitting critical reflection on the range of consequential and often contradictory values espoused by built environment practitioners in order for both students and teachers to articulate their own values and imagine the practitioner they seek to become.
By rewriting and reimagining historic manifestos, first as individuals then as a collective, we will negotiate and nurture concepts and approaches essential to developing ethical built environment practice: from positionality and situatedness; to reflexivity and relationality. To explicate these terms, I call upon the work of D. Soyini Madison, Felicity Scott, Farhana Sultana and Penny Weiss alongside the Bartlett Ethics Commission led by Jane Rendell.
David Roberts is Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, part of collaborative art practice Fugitive Images and of architecture collectives Involve and BREAK//LINE. David’s work engages community groups in London whose livelihoods are under threat, empowers ethical reasoning in built environment practice, and extends architectural education to primary school children.