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LAS19 Politics of architecture

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"References to politics are currently proliferating within global architecture discourse. The looming perils of climate change, the automation of labor markets, and the breakdown of models for city and state governance, for example, have catalyzed an increasing interest in the politics of architecture. Yet, the relationship between architecture and politics remains unclear. What role can/should politics have in the generative aspects of design, for example, and how can we think about, and respond to, the global challenges beyond conventional politics? 

Within this context, LAS19 seeks to develop an intellectual framework for students, faculty, and professional to use when critically thinking about, and referring to, relationships between architecture and politics. The symposium presents an international panel of keynote speakers with experience and expertise of great relevance for the topic. The objective is to extrapolate and discuss a wide range of practices with different references to the politics of architecture."

Lund, January 2019
Per-Johan Dahl


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Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti

DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), Beit Sahour, Palestine

Since their first work, Stateless Nation at the Venice Biennial in 2003, and throughout their more recent architectural interventions in refugee camps, the artistic practice of Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti has explored and acted within and against the condition of permanent temporariness that permeates contemporary forms of life. In their ambitious research and project-based practice, art exhibitions are both sites of display and sites of action that spill over into other contexts: built architectural structures, the shaping of critical learning environments, interventions that challenge dominant collective narratives, the production of new political imaginations, the re-definition of words, and the formation of civic spaces.

Donatella Cusmá

Claret-Cup, Los Angeles, USA

Donatella Cusmá is an architect licensed in Italy and practicing in Los Angeles. She holds a Master in Architecture from Universitá Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria and a post-grad diploma in Architecture in Developing Countries from Polytechnic of Turin. Ms. Cusmá is co-founder of Claret-Cup, a multi-disciplinary-collaborative project combining architecture, installations and product design. She is the USA representative board member of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture, and adjunct faculty member of Woodbury University School of Architecture. Ms. Cusmá is a member of the Italian Board of Architects-Messina Chapter since 2004.  

Santiago Cirugeda

Recetas Urbanas, Seville, Spain

Santiago Cirugeda has developed subversive projects with distinct ambitions in urban realities, from the systematic occupation of public spaces in containers to the construction of prostheses in facades, patios, roofs and lots. He negotiates legal and illegal zones, as a reminder of the pervasive control to which we are all subject. He is now working together with local governments to implement new housing models for the socially disadvantaged. He has also written many articles and taken part in all manner of educational and cultural events giving workshops, lectures, seminars, conferences in schools and universities and has participated in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. 

Maroun El-Daccache

Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Maroun El-Daccache is Chair of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He also directs his own architectural practice, and his research and built works have been published in several architecture magazines. Professor El-Daccache has taught design studios at several universities including Università Iuav of Venice, the Lebanese University and Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik. Besides his various architectural publications and essays on the Mediterranean City, he has participated in several exhibitions, international and regional symposiums and served as visiting critic in institutions in Europe and the Middle East. In 2018, his work “Hommage a Beyrouth” was exhibited at the MAXXI Museum.

Jelena Mijanović

Codesign, Stockholm, Sweden

Jelena Mijanović is an architect working at Codesign as part of management. She is the founder and head of Codesign Research Studio; an independent, nonprofit research studio that investigates the architectural implications of current politics. Jelena also holds a position as a lecturer at KTH School of Architecture. She has previously been a critic and teacher at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and Columbia University School of Architecture in New York. Her work and teaching focuses on the relationship between socio-political and spatial exclusion in our society today. 

Tobias Olsson

Architects Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

Tobias Olsson is the CEO of Architects Sweden, a professional organization for architects, interior architects, landscape architects, and spatial planners. Previous positions include the Director of Architecture Policy at Architects Sweden, Strategist at the County Administrative Board of Stockholm, elected member of the City of Stockholm Planning Board and CEO of, a Swedish NGO committed to improve the housing conditions for younger generations.

Philippe Rahm

Philippe Rahm architectes, Paris, France

Philippe Rahm is a Swiss architect, principal in the office of “Philippe Rahm architectes”, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. His recent work includes the 70 hectares Central Park in Taichung, Taiwan, completed in December 2018, the Agora of the French National Radio in Paris, a 2700 m2 Exhibition architecture for the Luma Foundation in Arles, France. He has held professorships at GSD Harvard University, Columbia and Princeton Universities. His work has been exhibited in 2017 at the Chicago and Seoul Architecture Biennales.  

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