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Queering Architecture?

What might it mean to ‘queer’ architecture – as a workplace, a professional identity, a series of processes and practices, or the built places that emerge from them?

Perhaps it might mean making the architectural workplace more welcoming for those who identify as LGBTIQIA, such that the profession truly values difference and diversity and the unique contributions of all. Perhaps it might mean making buildings for such people and their particular needs and desires, their tastes and predilections – safe spaces, symbolic spaces, domestic spaces, the space of the everyday. Perhaps it could refer to architectural outcomes – buildings which are themselves somehow queer, resistant, non-conforming. Or perhaps it could be a process, which unsettles customary architectural methods or outcomes, which attempts to work differently and for difference, or even which works to reject and rethink social conventions per se: to employ architecture towards a more general resistance or alternative to ‘normality’. Queers think that normality is over-rated. Queer architecture might redesign normality, or design the path of resistance.

This panel discussion will open a preliminary and speculative conversation about what it might mean to queer architecture: for us, here and now, in our own social, political and cultural context.

Image Credit: Studiobird's Theodore Treehouse, 2016. Photo Peter Bennetts

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