Recent events in RESCALE include:
The built environment is simultaneously a laboratory and an archive. Engaged with experientially, as a backdrop to the lives
of those who inhabit it, it is possibly at once the most subtle and yet pervasive evidence of the complex social structures which sustain our civilisation.
The asymmetrical distribution of power, political and economic opportunity in the urbanising territories of the Global South between rapid urban development and spectacular architecture driven by global financial markets on the one hand, and self-construction of irregular settlements by citizens excluded from an unaffordable property market, on the other hand, is inextricably intertwined with asymmetrical distribution of representation.
That asymmetry is not limited to political representation but also is one of visually and verbally mediated representation. Drawing on feedback obtained continuously from the actions and experience of construction, inhabitation and improvisation, irregular settlements are inherently excluded from many key visual representations, in urban planning and policy documents, and in architectural surveys and proposals.
The UK and Japan both have unique and rich craft traditions in which old craft skills and knowledge exist alongside mass production within contemporary society.
‘Red school' is the title coined by Fujimori Terunobu. It describes Japanese architects whose works are characterised by the handmade and deep sensual and tactile qualities of their buildings. The symposium was the forum to discuss the history of the ‘red school' in Japan and the relevance to the contemporary practice of making in the UK.
London-based urbanists, historians, architects, designers and artists who draw on Latin America as a place of biographical origin and / or site of academic inquiry discussed research that relates across scales ranging from infrastructural to domestic. The conversation engages the shifting roles of Latin American historical identities, cultural perspectives and territorial ecologies in scenarios of rapid urbanization, linking strategy to management, improvisation or appropriation.