The Call for Papers for Footprint 24 is out now. This issue will be dedicated to the theme "The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn" and will be edited by myself and Yael Allweil. This issue of Footprint aims at examining how the housing policies that unfolded since the 1980s have contributed to re-theorise the architecture of dwelling as a social and spatial practice. This issue welcomes original research articles (6000–8000 words) that can contribute to define a new concept of housing after the neoliberal turn, exploring case studies, theoretical frameworks, research methods and analytical instruments. Authors of research articles are requested to submit their contributions on Footprint’s online platform before 1 May, 2018. The submissions should adhere to Footprint’s submission preparation checklist and author’s guidelines, available here.
All research articles will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Footprint 24 will be published in the Spring of 2019. For inquiries, please contact editors Nelson Mota and Yael Allweil at email@example.com.
The Call for Papers is available here.
Southopolis design workshop (organized by Nelson Mota and Ana Rosa Chagas Cavalcanti)
Southopolis was organised under the auspices of the International Social Housing Festival.
Southopolis is a game that tackles the challenges of designing affordable housing in the context of the global urban South. The aim of Southopolis is to address the issues related to designing an affordable housing complex that is attuned with both the demands and needs of cities in the South Hemisphere, according to the resources and capacities of local communities.
The game can put the players in contact with conflictive situations in the design decision-making process, and promote creative proposals to cope with these challenges. The participants will get to know some actors that may play an important role in the design of low income dwelling in the global South. Furthermore, there is a simulation of situations that generates common awareness of the complexities of the design process. While playing Southopolis, the participants will get familiar with some of the key issues related to the design of affordable housing in the global urban South within a holistic approach.
More info here
"Dwelling in the Middle Landscape", published in: Re-Humanizing Architecture New Forms of Community, 1950-1970
My essay "Dwelling in the Middle Landscape: Rethinking the Architecture of Rural Communities at CIAM 10" was recently included in Re-Humanizing Architecture: New Forms of Community, 1950-1970, a book edited by Ákos Moravánszky and Judith Hopfengärtner, published by Birkhauser in December 2016.
This is the first volume of a series dedicated to investigate architectural production in the aftermath of the Second World War.
From the publisher:
A divided Europe was much affected by a period of reconstruction. This was influenced by the different political systems – in the socialist East and in the capitalist West, the focus was on cohesion in society and its cultural and architectural expression. In parallel to the rapidly progressing industrialization of the building industry, debates on the humanization of the built environment were led on both sides with great intensity. The volume shows how, on the back of existentialism, new monumentality, and socialist realism, quite similar concepts and strategies were developed in order to find answers to questions relating to adequate structures for new forms of community and identity.
Session "Second Life: Modern Housing and the Aesthetics of Growth and Change" at the 14th Docomomo International Conference, Lisbon
"Sites and Services in Performance: Housing in Addis Ababa Beyond Crisis and Heroism", paper presented at the 17th IPHS Conference
Housing for All
The participants in the "No Cost Housing Conference" (including myself) contributed to the production of a joint "Oerlikon Declaration" on housing for all.
This document was prepared in advance of the Habitat III conference in Quito, 2016.
The Oerlikon Declaration can be downloaded here.