Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

Ana Vas

Ana Vaz Milheiro

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Lisbon University Institute
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Ana Vaz Milheiro is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism, ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute. She is head researcher for the research project "Homes for the biggest number: Lisbon, Luanda, Macao". Her research interests cover Architecture and Urbanism in Former Portuguese Colonial Territories.

2019-2020 Fellow: Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

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Sharóne Tomer

Sharóne Tomer

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Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
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Sharóne Tomer is an architect, architectural historian and architectural educator. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Virginia Tech. Her work sits at the intersection of architectural history and urban studies. Her research explores how architectural practices operate within and address conditions of urbanized inequality, with attention to issues of race, gender and climate change. 

2019-2020 Fellow: Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

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Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

Re-theorizing the Architecture

[RG # 158] Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Organizers:

Yael Allweil (Technion Institute of Technology),
Gaia Caramellino (Politecnico di Milano)

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Humanity is facing an ongoing, global housing crisis with major consequences for social stability in cities and nations, and by implication for the lives and health of millions. Theorization of the crisis in housing studies points to neo-liberalisation processes which have since the 1980s transferred responsibility for housing provision from the state to global markets, corporate monopolies, and the dwellers themselves, assigning architects little agency to develop new methodologies for housing as a cultural product. ‘Architecture’ as a cultural product is thus often seen as distinct from ‘housing’ as a socio-economic need.

The vision of this Research Group is therefore a new outlook on the development of the housing crisis and on architecture’s role in addressing it, by rethinking the terminology used to discuss housing, and by developing anew the vocabulary for researching and designing housing for the general public.

 

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