Communal Tectonics: Social Sustainability in the Global South
March 18 2023
In the final public programming event before the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial opens in November 2023, curator Tosin Oshinowo
presented Communal Tectonics: Social Sustainability in the Global South
, a conversation between her and a selection of SAT02 participants. Through an interdisciplinary lens, the event delved deeper into Oshinowo’s curatorial framework for the edition by exploring the integral nature of communal and social engagement in spatial practice and integrating this with the triennial themes of adaptability and impermanence.
As much as material accessibility, repair, and re-appropriation have dictated innovative design solutions that have emerged out of conditions from scarcity in the Global South — both in historical and contemporary terms — these solutions have materialized out of constant social negotiation between user and visitor, between designer and maker. This discussion acted as a forum that facilitated the exchange of methods, ideas and modes of practice where community and craftspeople are environmental stakeholders in perpetual exchange.
The panel discussion, moderated by Tosin Oshinowo
, was followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.