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Graeme Bristol

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THE CITIZEN ARCHITECT

MAY 2002

aspects of poverty displacement and insecurity meeting basic needs empowerment

This, of course, is deliberate. Having been brought up, architecturally speaking, on the works of John Turner and his Freedom to Build, Hassan Fathy and his Architecture for the Poor, as well as the works of Ivan Illich and Victor Papanek, my attention has always been focussed in that direction. My intentions in taking on a teaching position were first to pass these principles on to another generation and, second, to implement them by using the school and its students as a vehicle. These projects reflect those intentions. 2.1.

THE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

This is an ongoing studio that I usually do with 4th year students. In my first year at the architecture school, as luck would have it - or synchronicity – the UIA sponsored a student competition leading up to their Congress in Beijing in June of 1999. It provided an opportunity – and a deadline – for our 4th year students to have a global venue in which their work could be judged. The program for the competition was quite simple – „implement the Habitat Agenda in your community‟. The Habitat Agenda was framed at the UN conference in Istanbul in 1996. At this conference, along with a review of how far we have come in the intervening twenty years since the Vancouver conference, national and global commitments were made to improve the living conditions of the world‟s population through the development of implementation strategies and policies on: - land use - housing - access for, and the role of women in the development of communities, - sustainability, and the environmental impact of human habitation, - human rights, and the continuing commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights particularly as it pertains to the right to housing, - mobility (transportation and the right to movement) - social development, - the link between urban and rural areas in terms of land use, sustainability and services, and - urbanisation. There were a number of steps in developing this project. It was clear at the outset that students were in no way familiar with the Habitat Agenda or the related community development issues associated with it. The architecture curriculum does not prepare them for participatory planning, for the 2

Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

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