12 March: Change by Design: Articulating new spatial imaginations
7 March 2013
Isis Nuñez Ferrera is a Honduran architect, PhD researcher and development practitioner. Since 2010 she has been coordinating the ASF-UK’s Change by Design workshops in Brazil, Kenya and soon, in Quito, Ecuador. She is currently teaching at University of Westminster and researching scarcity and creativity in informal settlements as part of the HERA-funded research project Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (scibe.eu).
ASF-UK’s Change by Design workshops use participatory design tools to explore and advocate for inclusive slum-upgrading strategies and housing rights in collaboration with grassroots organisations and local NGOs. Through a series of participatory action-research methods, built environment professionals, students and community members embark on a reflection, diagnosis and articulation of proposals at the dwelling, neighbourhood and city scale. Isis Nuñez will reflect on the ethical implications, benefits and limitations of these workshops based on the lessons learned through experiences in Kenya and Brazil.
All are welcome. There is no need to register for this event, please just turn up on the day.
Critical Humanitarianism Lecture Series 2013
This talk forms part of our Critical Humanitarianism Lecture Series. Through this series of talks we raise some of the difficult ethical and political questions about humanitarian work and its relation to power encountered by architects volunteering for charities or working for NGOs in the development sector.
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