Organised by the City as a Project PhD by Design

Domestic Frontiers

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 30 November 2018
Time: 09:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

The overarching premise of this symposium is to re-frame the domestic space as a battlefield of practices of planning and counter-planning. Its frontiers, those separating the space of inside from the outside, the space for production from reproduction and the space for privacy from intimacy have historically pushed, pulled and redrawn. The shifts in the frontiers of this battlefield correspond to the shifts in the contours of the larger society, its different and differing gender roles, conceptions of labours, relations of care and practices of everyday life. 

Existing scholarship generally views domesticity as a site of oppression and exploitation of women and the working classes. This symposium however sets to examine the home and its associated habits of dwelling as armatures deployed by a wide range of actors including the states, the market, the architects, developers, bankers and advertising agencies as well as the dwellers. In doing so, it sets to bring together historical and contemporary precedents that contribute to the current discourses around the question of housing across the globe. Precedents presented in the symposium range from South America, to Middle East and East Asia including those that were translated from one geographic context to the other and are organised in four panels according to the subject of their enquiry.

Tea (9.30-10)
Foreword (10 -10.30): Pier Vittorio Aureli (AA)

Panel I (10.30-12)
Subject: Women, Habits and Rituals of Living in Iran and Jordan
Speaker (30 min each): Samaneh Moafi (AA), Dalal Musaed Alsayer (University of Pennsylvania)
Discussion (20 min): Moderated by Gili Merin (AA)

Panel II (12 - 1:30)
Subject: (Non)Typological Housing and Reproduction in Japan
Speaker (30 min each): Brendon Carlin (AA), Thomas Daniell (Kyoto University)
Discussion (20 min): Moderated by Ioanna Piniara (AA)

Lunch Break (1:30 - 2:30)

Panel III (2:30- 4)
Subject: Care and Rebellion in Rural China
Speakers (30 min each): Jingru Cyan Cheng (AA), Jiazhi Fengjiang (LSE)
Discussion (20 min): Moderated by Doreen Bernath (AA)

Panel IV (4:00- 5:30)
Subject: Producing a Form of Life in Brazil: House, Labour and the Collective.
Speaker (30 min each): Davide Sacconi (AA), Pedro Fiori Arantes (Universidade Federal de São Paulo)
Discussion (20 min): Moderated by Olivia Marra (AA)

Re-set the room (5:30 - 6)

Epilogue (6-6:30): Maria S. Giudici (AA)
Roundtable (6:30-7:30): Elena Paca, Gili Merin, Ioanna Piniara, Olivia Marra, Doreen Bernath, Samaneh Moafi, Brendon Carlin, Davide Sacconi, Jingru Cyan Cheng, Dalal Musaed, Thomas Daniell, Pedro Fiori Arantes, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maria S. Giudici, Platon Isaaias, Hamed Khosravi.


Pedro Fiori Arantes is adjunct professor at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp). He gained a PhD from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of Sao Paulo University for his research work on the transformations in form and the productive processes in contemporary architecture. He is the author of Arquitetura Nova (2002) and Arquitetura na era digital financeira (2012) and since 1999 he has been a member of Usina, a non-profit body that provides technical consulting to citizen movements in the areas of housing and urban regeneration.

Thomas Daniell holds a Bachelor of Building Science and a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Victoria University Wellington, a Master of Engineering from Kyoto University, and a PhD from RMIT University. He is currently Professor of Architecture at Kyoto University. Between 2011 and 2017 he was Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau.

Widely published, he is author of FOBA: Buildings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), Houses and Gardens of Kyoto (Tuttle, 2010), Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + Amorphe (Equal Books, 2011), Kansai 6 (Equal Books, 2011), and An Anatomy of Influence (Architectural Association, 2018).

Dalal Musaed Alsayer is a PhD Candidate in History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where her interests are at the intersection of modernization, development aid and environmentalism in the context of the Middle East and North Africa. Dalal holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kuwait University, a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, and a Master in Design Studies concentrating in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology, from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has taught at Kuwait University and University of Pennsylvania, practiced professionally in Kuwait and her work is featured in Metropolis and MONU.

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His work focuses on the relationship between architecture, politics, and urban history. Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association where he is Diploma Unit Master, lecturer in the History & Theory Programme and Director of the “City/Architecture” PhD Programme.

Maria S. Giudici is Diploma Unit Master and PhD supervisor at the Architectural Association, the coordinator of the history and theory course at the School of Architecture of the Royal College of Art, and the founder of the publishing and educational platform Black Square. She holds a PhD from TU Delft with a thesis on the construction of modern subjectivity through the project of public space.

Samaneh Moafi is a researcher and project coordinator at Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London. She has received her Doctorate in Philosophy from The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture. Her PhD research examines struggle and resistance from the space of the home with a particular focus on gender roles and class identities in Iran. Previously, Samaneh has led design studios at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London (2014-15) and the University of Technology Sydney (2012-13), as well as teaching a number of technical courses and workshops at the Royal College of Arts and the Architectural Association.

Jingru Cyan Cheng is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Royal College of Art and the co-director of Architectural Association (AA) Wuhan Visiting School. She has completed both her M.Phil (2014) and PhD (2018) at the AA School of Architecture. Her research focuses on rurality as a spatial question at levels of territory, settlement and household.

Jiazhi Fengjiang is a PhD Candidate at LSE’s Anthropology department. Before embarking on her PhD program, she completed an MPhil in Social Anthropology at Oxford, focusing on a county-wide grassroots aid project in Southeast China. Her current research interests lie in grassroots philanthropy and development, social welfare, morality and ethics as well as visual anthropology.

Davide Sacconi is an architect, Senior Lecturer at the Syracuse University London Program, Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, PhD Candidate at the Architectural Association and cofounder of CAMPO, a space for architecture in Rome.

Brendon Carlin is a tutor leading ADS9 at the Royal College of Art and has been a Unit Master at the Architectural Association since 2011, is currently a PhD candidate with the AA’s PhD by Design programme, contributor to The City as a Project. His thesis titled Non-Typological Housing: Architecture and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan. 

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