Michelle Provoost, Platon Issaias, Malkit Shoshan & Michael Young, chaired by Florian Idenburg & Manijeh Verghese


Series: HOME: Questioning post-Brexit relationships
Date: Monday 11 February 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

A border is drawn as a line on a map to separate two or more sovereign entities but in reality that line becomes a thickened territory, a space of negotiation, friction, change, conflict and negotiation as the line travels between different contexts and understandings of land ownership and political identity. As we constantly redraw and redefine our edges, so too, do we negotiate new relationships with the outside world. How can this line of tension become an opportunity to design new spaces of change and exchange? And can we inhabit the line?

In 2010 and 2011, it was estimated according to census data that around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries. In 2017, there were 3.8 million EU citizens living in the UK, an estimated 6% of the total population. These statistics mean that the concept of ‘Home’ will be redefined for many of us within Europe as Britain prepares to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.  With that in mind, the Architectural Association and Florian Idenburg of SO - IL are partnering with the Dutch Embassy to organise a series of talks that will invite architects, artists, politicians, theorists and designers to look at the new forms of collaboration, identity, trade and exchange that the UK will need to invent as it redefines its relationship with the rest of Europe.

Michelle Provoost is head of the independent School for the Cityco-founder of Crimson Historians and Urbanist, and director of the International New Town Institute, all based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is an architectural historian specialised in urban planning history, postwar architecture and contemporary urban development. Michelle teaches at various universities and lectures regularly in the Netherlands and has been involved in many municipal, national and private committees and juries.

Platon Issaias is an architect, researcher and educator, co-director of MPhil Projective Cities in Architecture and Urban Design and a Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association. He studied architecture in Greece and he holds an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft.

Malkit Shoshan is the founder and director of the architectural think tank FAST: Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. FAST uses research, advocacy, and design to investigate the relationship between architecture, urban planning, and human rights in conflict and post-conflict areas. Its cross-disciplinary and multi-scalar work explores the mechanisms behind, and the impact of, displacement, spatial violence, and systemic segregation on people’s living environments. FAST’s projects promote spatial justice, equality, and solidarity. Shoshan is the author and the mapmaker of the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine  (Uitgeverij 010, 2010). She is also the co-author of the book  Village: One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise  (Damiani Editore, 2014). In 2016, Shoshan was the curator of the Dutch Pavilion for The Venice Architecture Biennale with the exhibition BLUE: Architecture of UN peacekeeping missions, which examines the spatiality and legacy of UN Peace Operations in conflict-affected urban environments and will be the subject of her forthcoming book BLUE: Peacekeeping Architecture (Actar, 2018). Currently, she is the Area Head of Art, Design, and the Public Domain MDes Program at Harvard GSD, where she also teaches the Spaces of Solidarity course.

Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata were awarded a Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record for 2016. In 2015 they received a first place prize to design the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. In 2014 they received the Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and were finalists for the MoMA Young Architects Program at the Istanbul Modern. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. In the Fall of 2016 he was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. He has previously taught at Princeton, SCI-Arc, and Columbia. He has published essays in Log, The Cornell Journal, Thresholds, AD, and in 2015, the book titled The Estranged Object. Michael received his Master's Degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

This programme was made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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