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Radically-Open Participatory Practice in the Face of the Climate Emergency

Powis, Anthony and Serifi, Christina, MOULD (2021) Radically-Open Participatory Practice in the Face of the Climate Emergency. In: Participatory Design: City, Environment & Climate Change, 19-21 November 2021, Athens.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Powis, Anthony and Serifi, Christina
Group or Collective Creators: MOULD

The climate emergency has a number of implications for ways of thinking about architectural production. One of these is the removal of any imagined separation between human subjects and objectified natures. In place of this dichotomy, we are instead confronted with the need to radically rethink architectural production based on ‘a firm conviction that we need each other’s sensibilities’, including those of nonhumans. In the context of this conference on participatory design, and as part of our wider research project Architecture after Architecture, we are interested in what form these future-oriented forms of practice might take.

In this paper, we will discuss ways in which radically-open participatory practice can contribute to more equitable, diverse and inclusive forms of world-making, in the specific context of post-growth or degrowth rural communities. We begin with a definition of the Stoic term ‘oikeiôsis’. In contrast to ‘oikos’ (generally cited as the root of the word ‘ecology’), which describes home as something closed and static, ‘oikeiôsis’ depicts selves and lives as collaborative groupings or collective becomings that move together as they develop. To illustrate this dynamic concept of habitat, we will draw on an extensive database of projects that suggest alternative ways of producing space that can part of addressing climate change, and which are constituted by a variety of practices.

Relating examples of existing practice to possible future scenarios, we will foreground an ecosystemic approach to habitat maintenance that highlights interdependencies among living things. Through specific exemplary cases, we call for greater appreciation of diverse livelihood practices engaged in by various interrelated communities. Ultimately, we seek to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist production, and to discuss how other worlds are made.

Official Website: https://en.participatorylab.org/conference
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 20 November 2021
Funders: AHRC, DFG
Event Location: Athens
Projects or Series: Architecture after Architecture
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 15:39
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 15:39
Item ID: 17686
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/17686

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