Architecture, Violence and Resistance
Online Reading & Discussion
RSVP below for this online event which takes place on 30 November, 6pm GMT.
Join Noora Aljabi, Anrinjoy Sen, and Léopold Lambert in a conversation about the mechanisms of power in architecture.
Architecture is almost always on the side of the dominant order. This event, chaired by The Funambulist, explores how architecture enforces political orders such as settler colonialism, border imperialism, and capitalism. They look at how some graduate architects seek to resist these mechanisms of power. Arinjoy Sen and Noora Aljabi took part in The Funambulists’s project Game-Changing Architecture Graduates project which invited posts from recent architecture graduates to ‘aim at honoring and giving visibility to the work of people who recently graduated from architecture school, and who fiercely engage with the political dimension of the built environment.’ Sen and Aljabi discuss their work, their methodology, and the way they envision an architecture working against its better judgement.
The Funambulist is a print and online magazine that examines the politics of space and bodies. It hopes to provide a useful platform where activist/academic/practitioner voices can meet and build solidarities across geographies. Through articles, interviews, artworks, and design projects, it assembles an ongoing archive for anticolonial, antiracist, queer, and feminist struggles around the world.
Léopold Lambert is editor-in-chief of The Funambulist. He is an architect and the author of four books that examine the inherent violence of architecture on bodies, and its political instrumentalisation, including: Etats d’urgence: Une histoire spatiale du continuum colonial français (2021). More about Léopold Lambert
Noora Aljabi is an architectural designer currently working at Studio Gang Architects in Chicago. Her work has primarily focused on issues of migration, marginalisation, and spatial justice. More about Noora Aljabi
Arinjoy Sen is a recent graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London. His work and interests focus on contested landscapes, citizenship, migration, narrative and spatial justice. More about Arinjoy Sen
Image 1: Project detail by Arinjoy Sen. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 2: The Home. Architectural Intervention. The Threshold by Noora Aljabi. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 3: Portrait Arinjoy Sen. Courtesy of the portrayed.
Image 4: Portrait Noora Aljabi. Courtesy of the portrayed.
Image 5: Portrait Léopold Lambert. Courtesy of the portrayed.
Image square: The Factory by Noora Aljabi. Courtesy of the artist.