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Peter Johnson Building - Building 6

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UTS School of Architecture 2019 Autumn Special Lecture

Mabel O. Wilson - Building Advocacy: Who Builds Your Architecture?

WBYA? is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackles the pressing question: Who Builds Your Architecture? in order to examine the links between labour, architecture and the global networks that form around building buildings. As major architectural projects unfold in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and around the globe, and as architects from the US increasingly work abroad, we explore the ethical, social and political questions that emerge under these relatively new circumstances. From workers' rights to construction practices to design processes to new technologies WBYA? investigates the role of architecture & architects: what it is & what it could be.

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Mabel O. Wilson is an architectural designer, artist and cultural historian. She has authored Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016) and Negro Building: African Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012). She is a collaborator in the architectural team currently developing designs for the Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers at the University of Virginia. Exhibitions of her work have been featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Architekturmuseum der TU München, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago, Istanbul Design Biennale, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial. She is a founding member of Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) a collective that advocates for fair labour practices on building sites worldwide. At Columbia University she is a Professor of Architecture, a co-director of Global Africa Lab and the Associate Director at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS).


Image Credit: Mabel O. Wilson


Mabel O. Wilson is visiting Australia with the support of the MPavilion & Living Cities Forum and the Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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University of Technology Sydney

Peter Johnson Building - Building 6

Level 5, School of Architecture Foyer (CB06.05.050) - 702-730 Harris Street

Ultimo, NSW 2007

Australia

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