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Humanitarian Architecture Forum: Clean Conscience Dirty Hands


The Mackintosh School of Architecture (MSA), part of the Glasgow School of Art, will host its first International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture, entitled ‘Clean Conscience Dirty Hands’ from 11–12 April.

The event, which brings together architects and educators to consider the future of humanitarian projects, will be held at the new Reid Building designed by Steven Holl Architects.

The symposium focuses on the ‘limited resources intrinsic to the provision of social and humanitarian architecture and the impact of such scarcity on the ability of organisations to harness the learning from each built project through documentation, discussion and dissemination.’

The event aims to provide a platform for organisations engaged in social and humanitarian building projects to discuss and perpetuate good practice both locally and internationally. Given the contemporary political climate in many developed nations, including Australia, there is a dire need to address the issues surrounding human rights, which makes this event more relevant in the current global scenario.

The symposium invites a diverse range of contributors to discuss various ideas surrounding three core themes:
– Live build community projects for architectural learning
– Young designers: alternative routes into practice
– Building with communities: the role of the architect / participation and empowerment

The two-day symposium will include lectures, debates and workshops. Here’s the detailed schedule of programmes for both days:

Schedule: Friday 11 April:
10:00 Arrivals
10:15 Welcome Address (Rachel Sayers, FCB)
1. Live Build Community Projects for Architectural Learning
10:30: Kate Darby (Studio in the Woods/ WSA)
11:15: Hanneke Scott-van Wel (Stone Opera)
11:30: Prof Maurice Mitchell (London MET)
12:15: Panel Debate
13:00 LUNCH
2. Young Designers: Alternative Routes into Practice
14:00: L. Cox & M.Holliday (Tog Studio)
14:15: Lee Ivett (Baxendale & MSA)
14:30: Eirini Christofidou (SSoA Live Works)
15:15: Amica Dall (Assemble)
16:15: Yashar Hanstad (TYIN Tegnestue)
17:00 Panel Debate
17:45: Drinks & Close

Saturday 12 April:
09:00: Early Birds Design Workshop
10:00 Arrivals
3a.  Building with Communities: The Role of the Architect
10:15: Katherine McNeil (Architecture for Humanity)
11:00: Dr Bo Tang (The CASS, London MET)
11:45: Peter Clegg (Feilden Clegg Bradley)
12:30: Panel Debate
13:15: LUNCH
3b. Building with Communities: Participation and Empowerment
14:15: James Mitchell (Orkidstudio)
14:45: Guylee Simmonds (Orkidstudio)
15:00 Peter Rich (Peter Rich Architects)
16:00: Michael Murphy (MASS Design Group)
16:45: Panel Debate
17:30: Closing Remarks
17:45: Drinks & Close

The event is open to all – from students to practitioners and to anyone interested in humanitarianism and architecture.

Speakers include:  MASS Design Group, TYIN Tegnestue, Architecture for Humanity, Peter Clegg and Rachel Sayers (Feilden Clegg Bradley), Peter Rich, Prof Maurice Mitchell and Bo Tang (London Metropolitan University), Kate Darby (Studio in the Woods and WSA), Assemble, SSoA Live Works, Orkidstudio, Tog Studio, Stone Opera, Baxendale and students from the MSA.

When: 11 and 12 April, 10am – 6pm
Where: Reid Building (Main Auditorium), The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ, UK


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