Arriscraft Speaker Series: What is Solidarity? | Abolition
6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM EST
What is Solidarity?
Movements, research, and design for another world
WATERLOO ARCHITECTURE ARRISCRAFT 2020-2021 ONLINE SPEAKER SERIES
Syrus Marcus Ware, Assistant Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, Artist and Activist, Core Team Member of Black Lives Matter Canada
Tiffany Lethabo King, based in Muscogee Creek ancestral homeland (known as Atlanta)
Sara Zewde, Principal at Studio Zewde and Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard GSD
Moderated by Ella den Elzen (she/her), Designer and Curatorial Coordinator based in Montreal; with
Jade Manbodh (she/her), Master of Architecture Candidate, Waterloo Architecture
Black Lives Matter – Canada calls on governments to defund the police, jails, and immigration detention centers and instead invest in supportive services that transform communities, repair harm, and build relationships. Police abolition broadens the prison abolition movement founded in the 1970s, which linked resistance to the anti-Black violence of mass incarceration, to the 19th Century movement to abolish slavery. Architects are authors of zoning policies, urban renewal, gentrification, and prisons, which act as spatial structures of white supremacy. By projecting an abolitionist vision, how can architectural design create better communities that centre mutual aid, social accountability, transformative justice, and a culture of care? By aligning with the abolitionist movement, architects can begin to understand the racist and colonial history of our profession, and work towards building a future where all peoples are free.
More information about the speakers can be found on UWaterloo’s event page.
Please note that registration is required for this event, as well as access to Microsoft Teams.