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Bracket [Takes Action] Panel Session II

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oct 07

Wed, Oct 7 2020, 1PM - 2:30PM

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Part of event series: Architecture Lecture Series Fall 2020

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Event description

This is the second in a series of panel sessions launching the fourth volume of Bracket, titled Takes Action. Bracket [Takes Action] collects essays and projects that question how actions can be designed, accommodated for, and encouraged through both creative practice and design citizenship. The book and conversation is situated at a critical point in history in which actions need to be re-conceptualized to relate to who we are, how we live, and how we communicate today. The role of design and the agency of the designer are at stake in facilitating or stifling action.


This session will focus on InterAction and FAction as issues for operating and thinking. InterAction consists of projects and articles that consider how participatory interactions can occur, how new stakeholders are introduced, and how the relationships between people and their environment impact politics. What is the spatial agency of the individual in relation to the pluralistic collective? FAction situates a particular constituency and interrogates how these groups act internally as well as interface with other groups. These articles and projects foreground the commonality of the subject to consider specific forms of action. In what way is the formation and emergence of sub-collectives informed and empowered by design?


Speakers: Lori Brown (Syracuse University), Samaa Elimam (Harvard University), Albert Pope (Rice University), Cesar Lopez (University of New Mexico). Moderated by: Neeraj Bhatia (California College of the Arts) and Mason White (University of Toronto). Co-presented with Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto.


About Bracket [Takes Action] :

The rise of several divisive leaders within contemporary politics, has once again brought action to the foreground. As a new generation makes their voices heard, they are also grappling to find effective platforms for action through design. This is particularly important to consider at a moment when the authoritative systems—Governments and corporations—appear more divergent to the voices on the ground. At the same time, within an increasingly pluralistic society, what we collectively value is increasingly unclear, which presents a primary challenge on taking action. Bracket [Takes Action] is situated at a critical point in history where the who, what, where, and how of action need to be re-conceptualized to relate to who we are, how we live, and how we communicate today. The role of design and the agency of the designer are at stake in facilitating or stifling action. Bracket [Takes Action] contains over 28 essays and 15 design projects that are structured into six sub-themes: ReAction, CounterAction, InterAction, FAction, InAction, and RetroAction. Our contention in this collection of texts and projects is that a democracy in deficit cannot be repaired without a deeper investigation in how actions can be designed, accommodated for, and encouraged. Equally, this is our call to action—it is time for design to take greater accountability for its actions in our contemporary socio-political spheres. Bracket [Takes Action] provokes spatial practice’s potential to incite and respond to action. Editorial board for Takes Action includes: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Belinda Tato, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. 

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Entry details

Free and Open to the Public