Harriet Harriss, Barry Curtis, and Ashraf M. Salama
The third section of this companion offers a number of positions and cases that reveal subject-situated efforts to develop and implement pedagogies that are not only sensitive and responsive to their social, environmental, and political contexts, but grapple with larger questions of social justice, too.
Writing across a range of regions, the work of Michele Gorman Jolanda Morkel, Hermie Elizabeth Delport, and Lindy Osborne Burton presents a case study featuring four pedagogues simultaneously and synchronously committed to collaborating across the four continents of Africa, Australia, and North America during the first year of the pandemic. It addresses the potential of remote connection as an opportunity to expand the exchange of materials, including culturally diverse philosophies and perspectives and their efforts to expose structural inequalities that characterize the traditional architectural design studio.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, I work at the intersection of interior design, social activism and emerging digital technologies. As a design activist and technologist, I work to decolonise the design curricula and facilitate the democratization of technologies, heightened since the global pandemic and pivot online. Designing feminist exhibitions and round table discussions, and collaboratively building an equitable database of resources for the design studio that opens relationships between the Global South and North. Collaboration is central in my practice. I am co-authoring a chapter titled “The Radically Inclusive Studio: an open access conversation on radically inclusive practices in the architectural design studio” with newfound colleagues in South Africa and Australia for The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South, edited by Dean Harriet Harriss, Ashraf Salama, and Ane Gonzalez Lara. Research presented in December 2020 at HELTASA in South Africa: “Inclusive Spatial Practices for Professional Education” and in May 2020 for Teaching Architecture Online: Methods and Outcomes: “Creating the Virtual Commons”.
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