Guest Seminar: Gianna Bottema, EDIT Collective, Julian Siravo.

Radical Care

Date: 01/11/2019
Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: 38 Bedford Street, Ground Floor Front.

Caption: Gianna Bottema, Housing & Care Cooperatives in the Netherlands: Spatial Diagrams of Cluster Living, detail, 2019.

Gianna Bottema studied architecture at Delft University of Technology and ETH Zurich. After her Master’s degree in Delft she pursued a Taught MPhil (Projective Cities) at the Architectural Association which was focused on the emergence of housing and care cooperatives in the Netherlands. Currently she is working on the research project Collective Home Ownership: New Protocols for Architecture in collaboration with the municipality of Amsterdam.

Caption: EDIT Collective, Act 1, GDP, 2019.

EDIT is an all-female design collective. Formed about a year ago, from RCA graduates, the group shares common interests in issues of social equality, gender biases, environmental activism and the creation of equitable institutional forms. At the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019, EDIT presented ‘Honey, I’m Home’, a project that explores the domestic realm as a space of performance, in which objects and furniture are props that further enforce heteronormative habits. In an attempt to disrupt these domestic rituals, the project suggests the alteration of the domestic props. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for example, is a fictional, provocative prototype for collectivising domestic labour. As an alternative to the capitalist assumption that housework is most efficient when performed individually, the GDP is a device best used by three people. The collective’s aim is to challenge some of our archetypal spaces and structures by suggesting more equitable scenarios.

Caption: Julian Siravo, Stavros Oikonomidis, Care Centres in Vanencia, 2019.

Julian Siravo is an architect and urban designer working in the policy and think tank world. Originally from Rome, Italy, he is a graduate of both the Bartlett and the Royal College of Art. Julian is part of Common Wealth think tank and head of urban research at Autonomy, where he focuses on the spatial implications of new welfare and employment policies, on ageing populations and sustainable forms of leisure.

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