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31.8.17

Pecha Kucha Melbourne Volume 29: MY UTOPIA, YOUR DYSTOPIA?



Architects for Peace in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders (Victoria Region) and Pecha Kucha Melbourne hosted Melbourne's 29th Pecha Kucha Night at the Drill Hall on Thursday 13th July 2017.

Seven guests were brought together in an evening of 'chit-chat' to present their ways of visioning and realising sustainable, humane or technological futures, speaking to the terms of their perceived utopias and dystopias. The various guest insights developed conversations around - acting to protect the physical and social health of Australia's wilderness, Australian youth and their attitude towards contemporary world politics, speculative and physical 'sites' for architecture, place and human imagination, intelligent building systems in pre-fabricated architecture, land and resources rights, rapid city growth and land development pressures in shanty towns and, futures in climate change. 

With one young guest presenter, the audience asked all adult presenters to explain how their profession, expertise, current practices and personal values were being used to develop a healthy future for today's youth?

We would love to hear your comments on this so please email us at:
afp@architectsforpeace.org

A big thank you to our guest presenters for making this night so special!
Stella Veal, Alex Thomas, Peter Raisbeck, Lee Godden, Viv Faithfull, Grace Tjandraatmadja and Lloyd Lee

The Architects for Peace Team

25.8.17

The city, an absent topic in presidential candidates' programs in Chile [and in most places]

La ciudad, tema ausente de las candidaturas [presidenciales, Chile]

La siguiente carta fue publicada en el Diario La Tercera http://www.latercera.com/noticia/la-ciudad-tema-ausente-las-candidaturas/


Señor director,

Las ciudades son responsables por el 75% del consumo de energía; entre 40 y 50% de las emisiones de CO2 y en Chile el 85% de la población vive en ciudades. Por eso llama la atención que la ciudad no figure en las propuestas de los candidatos presidenciales.

Datos oficiales señalan que en nuestras ciudades mueren 3.723 personas como consecuencia de la contaminación ambiental (2015). Nuestras ciudades están rodeadas de microbasurales y sus periferias crecen a la par con los índices de segregación social. El acceso a áreas verdes es cuatro veces mayor en la zona oriente comparada con el resto de Santiago. Hoy enfrentamos guetos verticales y planes reguladores débiles o inexistentes.

28.5.17

Our Virtual Home Updates | #givepeaceachance


Architects for Peace has been running a crowdfunding campaign for the last four weeks. Thanks to the people who have generously supported us, we were able to raise more than 30% of our target.
Working on the campaign was a good opportunity to look back at all the work that AFP has been doing over the last 14 years. It gave the current team the opportunity to rediscover the work of former volunteers and share it with our community.  

We started our campaign by talking about AFP’s origin with Beatriz Maturana Cossio, who shared the story of how it all began with just herself, her computer and her dog.

Beatriz told us about AFP’s “official” kick off in 2004 with the IntentCITY free forum held at the undercroft of Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

The focus of the intentCITY street forum was to discuss the "political city" -- the public space that affects us all --  the built environment, ecology, citizens, and particularly our involvement in war and what can be done to prevent it. Dozens of people attended the one-day event that consisted of speakers, a panel discussion, NGO information and displays, music, dance, poetry, and art installations.
Eleanor Chapman, former AFP president, reminded us of the political origin of the organisation,  very much embedded in the way the group started up, at a time when people were protesting against Australia’s decision to attack Iraq, and the role AFP has been playing in the last 14 years.

AFP has been active on the front of commentary and critical reflection in the area of equitable urban development, fostering grassroots dialogue and debate outside of the halls of academic institutions and the pages of journals.

However, the campaign was also an opportunity to introduce the community to our team of volunteers. The Architects for Peace team is made up of a diverse group of people, with different nationalities, different languages, different backgrounds, but we share one common vision: to promote urban spaces that are planned, designed and used in the interests of social equity and environmental protection.  

Today begins the last week of our campaign. We want to thank all the people that have helped us to get thus far by donating or by acting as our ambassadors, telling others about our work.

We would like to invite you to please take a moment this week to think about what Architects for Peace was able to accomplish over the years and all the amazing work that was done. We want that work to continue and we need a place where that work can be freely and easily accessed by everyone, regardless of where people are.

If you care about social justice, solidarity, respect and want to give peace a chance, please help us build our virtual home and make a donation today! Thank you!


15.5.17

The gap between space and politics. Politics affect architects. It’s time for architects to affect politics.

The name 'Architects for Peace' involves all aspects of city design. In this sense, we use 'architects' as a term common to all our areas of urban expertise with peace as our goal.

At Architects for Peace (A4P) we see the links between politics and space as too important to ignore.  Our political roots are embedded in the way the group was formed. We started up in response to Australian involvement in the 2003 Iraq bombing and occupation.

Eleanor Chapman, A4P former president, tells us that there is a real gap to fill between space and politics, especially in countries like Australia, where you might think we've got a pretty equitable society.

Built environment professionals are often reluctant to step into this gap – to get politically involved. They are a service industry and, in Eleanor’s view, there’s some fear of upsetting clients by airing one’s political views.

However, even in countries such as Australia, where there isn’t direct experience of conflict, major tensions do exist. Eleanor pointed out how the market-led approach in the global economy is creating cities of haves-and-have-nots – very much defined along geographic lines and along housing tenure lines.

The growing social-spatial inequalities that this is causing also points to why architects can’t afford to stay apolitical. It’s in part by doing so that we’ve let ourselves be side-lined from the housing market. That market has become dominated by private developers who are inherently motivated by the exchange value of homes and land, rather than their use value and social function.

Ever since its formation, A4P has aimed to fill in the gaps between politics and space by providing a platform to initiate discussion around urban, planning, architectural and environmental issues affecting our cities, people and the environment.

A4P strives to bring forward a well neglected discussion in our profession and that is the conversation around social justice in the built environment and design for peace.

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Email: afp@architectsforpeace.org
There are no clean wars, no positive outcomes from the destruction of lives, communities, cities, the environment and infrastructure.

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1.5.17

Help Us Build Our Virtual Home



Dear members, friends and colleagues,


This place has been our virtual home since 2003, but while we were busy filling it up with lots of important content, we let time go by without doing the necessary renovations. Only small work here and there, but it wasn’t enough and it has now become a cluttered home that’s hard to navigate.


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