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Architecture and empowerment

Where language ends: Antony Gormley’s discourse series


Monday 11 November 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Primary School in Gando, Burkina Faso, 2004 by Kéré Architecture. Photo: Kéré Architecture

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Antony Gormley is joined by community engagement strategist Daisy Froud, Alastair Parvin of Wikihouse and Burkina Faso-born architect Francis Kéré to discuss how we can all benefit from being involved in the process of designing and building.

Antony Gormley’s work has continually explored the relationship between our individual bodies and collective spaces drawing fascinating and insightful understandings of architecture and the inhabitation of the city.

For this panel, we bring together architects who believe in the social potential of architecture and are empowering non-professionals to be involved in the creation of their spaces. Alastair Parvin of Wikihouse embraces new technologies to allow people to both design and build their own houses from a kit-of-parts, while Francis Kéré is working in his native Burkina Faso and surrounding areas, involving the local community in the creation of new building projects. Daisiy Froud, a strategist specialising in brief-development, community engagement and participatory design will additionally address the importance of empowering diverse voices to meaningfully contribute to design decision-making.

Gormley, Parvin, Kéré and Froud will discuss the potential of such practices on individuals and society with the RA’s Head of Architecture, Kate Goodwin.

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Monday 11 November 2019

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£20, £12