Tumpa Fellows, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture + Cities, wrote an article for RIBA Journal about the practical steps that architects can take towards inclusion.
Talking about inclusion, she said: “With marginalised communities affected more than most by Covid-19 and the issues behind BLM, architects’ most important contribution to inclusion is engaging with local people. How can this be done effectively?
“The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and highlighted the urgency for community collaboration towards positive societal changes. The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. My family is grieving the loss of several family members and friends (of Bangladeshi origin), living in the UK.”
She later added: “As practitioners and architects, we could act many ways to facilitate the voices of those who have been marginalised in the society. One of these is to get involved in local planning issues: for example, by alerting the planning authority to any new development that negatively affects low-income communities in the neighbourhood through gentrification.”
Read the full article on The RIBA Journal’s website.