re:arch institute

In an exploration of custodianship and care for social and ecological systems, re:arc institute is gearing up for its upcoming symposium, "Architectures of Planetary Well-being," scheduled to take place over two evenings on November 17 and 18 at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

The symposium, a convergence of minds from the architecture, climate, and design industries, aims to deepen the understanding of the interconnectedness between social and ecological systems. Some of the biggest disruptors in these industries will present at the event, offering insights into ongoing practices that promote a harmonious coexistence with our environment.

Notable speakers include Berlin-based architect Anupama Kundoo, the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Charles Jencks award for her holistic approach to architecture that marries theoretical investigations, material research and sustainable building methods. Also featured is Dakar architecture studio Worofilia, specializing in bioclimatic and ecological architecture in mud brick, and Resolve Collective, a London-based design collective utilizing art, architecture, engineering, and technology to address social issues in the built environment. London-based post-carbon design and research practice Material Cultures, and Shumi Bose, a prominent teacher, curator, and writer in the architectural field, complete the distinguished lineup.

The first evening, on November 17, will focus on discussions about the material realities and processes shaping local planetary practices. Anupama Kundoo will engage in a conversation with Shumi Bose, reflecting on temporality, research-based processes, and the ideas presented earlier in the evening. The second evening, on November 18, will shift the focus to climate justice, featuring climate justice organizer and writer Tori Tsui, addressing topics such as eco-anxiety, collective well-being, and grief.

The event is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to RSVP through re:arc institute on Eventbrite.

The symposium details can be found at re:arc institute’s symposium page.