Habitat Unit


September 16 2022, 6.00 pm | Floating University, Lilienthalstraße 32 10965 Berlin 

Other spatialities for other everyday dynamics:
A critique of North-European-centered epistemologies in social housing projects


Seeking to dialogue with the daily needs of families from the Brazilian urban peripheries, the lecture/conversation focuses on the urge to criticize the North-eurocentric epistemologies adopted in social housing projects in cities from the Global South. Technical approaches conditioned by conceptual logics distant from the reality of the people who will live in the designed spaces have resulted in violence to their ways of life. We start from the unequivocal recognition of the disparities in the processes of production of the city, which contributes to the great precariousness observed both in the built space of the urban peripheries, as well as at work and in other fields of socio-spatial life, safeguarding the power structures identified in these contexts. In dialogue with "epistemologies of the South" and understanding architecture and urbanism as two among several disciplines necessary to the analysis and proposition of solutions for the housing issue, we will approach particularities of design processes that represent fissures in the hegemonic logic of reflection and production of housing space.

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Prof. Dr. Luciana Andrade is an Associate Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She teaches at the Postgraduate Program in Urbanism and at the Architectural Design Department Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, (PROURB). She holds a PhD in Geography from the PPGG-UFRJ, and a Post Doc from Bauhaus-Weimar University. She has worked with consulting and projects of favelas upgrading and rehabilitation of occupied buildings for housing purposes. She is currently conducting a post-doctoral research on low-income housing, focusing on squats, favelas, and social housing with a PDS scholarship from CNPq, along with the Urban Laboratory PPGAU-FA-UFBA. She coordinates the research group “[na]Morar'' where she directed some research and outreach community activities projects. She supervised undergraduate and graduate students, as well as participated in technical and academic projects that have won awards or received honorable mentions.

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