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Lecture by Fatura Collaborative, Platon Issaias, Elisavet Hasa: Architecture, social movements and collective equipments

Fatura Collaborative, Platon Issaias, Elisavet Hasa

Architecture, social movements and collective equipments

Thursday January 28 2021, 14:00, Teams

Lecture within the framework of the course South: Space and non hegemonic paradigms of knowledge

Tutor: Iris Lykourioti


Fatura Collaborative- architecture and research collective, was founded in 2009 and is developing projects across a wide range of scales, from intimate objects and performance, to architecture, urban design and planning. We are interested in architecture as social infrastructure, in developing collective equipments, in the design of spaces of care, empathy and welfare. We design and research expanding new problematics about ecology, the domestic, everyday life and the city.

In our lecture, we present elements and projects from our work, with an emphasis on the relation between architecture, social movements and collective equipments. We are interested reflecting to the following questions: How can we respond to changing political, cultural, economic, and urban contexts and how to propose new effective design ideas and models? What is the agency of architecture? How do we develop a pedagogical model that allows for a more effective relation between academic institutions and practice? How can architectural and urban design practice intervene in contexts where vulnerable and often in-transit population are living? How can the categories of permanence, transition, or ‘integration’ be rethought in relation to new models of social and spatial organisations that challenge conventional domestic diagrams?



Elisavet Hasa(she/her) studied architecture in Patras, Greece, and currently is a PhD researcher at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on the intersections between social movements and the state apparatus and centres around the ad hoc infrastructures created for welfare provision during periods of crisis. She has practiced architecture in the UK and worked in the housing, healthcare, and education sectors in collaboration with public authorities and established architectural practices (PRP, EPR). Prior to London, Elisavet gained experience as an architect in Athens, Tirana and Madrid. Since 2019, she is a member of Fatura Collaborative.

Platon Issaias(he/him, Athens 1984) is Head of Projective Cities MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also teaching as Diploma Unit Master (Diploma Unit 7, MArch/RIBA Part II). Since 2009, he has been founding member of Fatura Collaborative. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTh, 2007) and holds an MSc from Columbia University (GSAPP, 2008).  He completed his PhD in the Netherlands (TU Delft, 2014), as a member of The City as a Project Research Collective. His thesis Beyond the Informal City: Athens and the possibility of an Urban Common, supervised by Pier Vittorio Aureli, investigated the recent history of planning in Athens and the link between conflict, urban management and architectural form. His research interests explore urban design and architecture in the relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and labour struggles. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development.