Photo: Torre David, Urban-Think Tank, 2014
Join a conversation between filmmakers and practitioners whose work and personal histories straddle the worlds of the Global North and South. We will explore questions of formality and informality of design and their impacts on community life, and vice versa, in human settlements. The evening will include a screening of short international documentary films that offer a glimpse of an open air market in Addis Ababa, a well organized squat of an abandoned office tower in Caracas, and Rwandan architects reflecting on their role in rebuilding their nation. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by University of San Francisco Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, Tanu Sankalia. This program is also an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of understanding places through mediated experiences like film screenings.
Join us virtually via the live stream.
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Tanu Sankalia (Moderator), Professor of Architecture, University of San Francisco
Yesica Prado, Activist and Filmmaker
Sosena Solomon, Filmmaker of Merkato
Merkato Journeys through the largest open air market in Africa, documenting the daily lives of four merchants and their interconnected relationship with the market.
Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas under construction, abandoned following the death of its developer and collapse of the Venezuelan economy, and today, the improvised home of more than 750 families, living in an extra-legal occupation that some call a vertical slum.
We have to use the process of rebuilding to rebuild lives.
How can we use architecture to contribute to peace, to heal conflict, to instill dignity, to promote justice?