As part of MIT Architecture Spring 2023 public program in collaboration with ACT, this lecture will be held in person, at 6 PM ET in Long Lounge (7-429), and streamed online.
In the past decade, the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), led by Malkit Shoshan, spearheaded several experimental projects at the intersection of design and activism. The lecture will explore if and how design can mobilize social and cultural change by making visible suppressed and hidden realities focusing on two case studies: The Silver Lion-winning presentation of Border Ecologies and the Gaza Strip at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which traces the daily struggle of a small community of farmers living along one of the most militarized borders in the world, and the project BLUE: The Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions (Actar, 2023), which examines the impacts of United Nations missions on cities, communities, and the environment. FAST’s projects question the legitimacy and effectiveness of the institutions society put in place to support communities across the world in times of crisis.
FAST’s cross-disciplinary and multiscalar projects deploy various design, research, engagement, and advocacy strategies. As they share insights into the precarity of daily life and the struggle to confront entrenched bureaucracies, they question the goals and effectiveness of powerful institutions and ask, among others, if and how public institutions can be shaped to center social and environmental justice and care.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration required to attend in-person. Register here or watch the webcast on YouTube.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture at MIT.