Design Activism Spaces of Conflict

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Design Activism Spaces of Conflict

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Cornell AAP NYC is excited to host Design Activism: Spaces of Conflict, a special lecture by Malkit Soshan, the director of the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) and 2024 Harvard GSD Senior Loeb Scholar.

Malkit Shoshan is a designer, researcher, educator, writer, and the founding director of the architecture think-tank FAST: Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. FAST employs research, advocacy, design, and public art to explore and make visible the complex relations between architecture, urban planning, and human rights. Their cross-disciplinary work investigates the impact of systemic and spatial violence on people’s lived environments and aims to promote social and environmental justice through collaborative initiatives and designs. Shoshan is the 2024 Senior Loeb Fellow, a design critic in Urban Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a 2024 Bellagio resident, and a visiting scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. She is the author and mapmaker of the award-winning book Atlas of the Conflict, Israel-Palestine (010 Publishers, 2011), the co-author of Village: One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise (Damiani Editore, 2014), and the author and illustrator of BLUE: The Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions (Actar, 2023). Her additional publications include Zoo, or the Letter Z, just after Zionism (NAiM, 2012), Drone (DPR-Barcelona, 2016), and Spaces of Conflict (JapSam books, 2016). Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. In 2016, she curated the Dutch pavilion, and in 2021, she was awarded, together with FAST, the Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their collaborative presentation, “Border Ecologies and the Gaza Strip.”

Critically Now! is a faculty-led platform to increase dialogue and learning across the college. It activates when there are timely world events that impact the built, cultural and campus environment, and which would benefit from our disciplines’ expertise. Critically Now! 2024–2025 considers the war in Israel-Palestine as a prism through which to explore globally relevant issues such as: politics of race and religion including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, history of nation-building, Apartheid, settler colonialism, genocide, peacebuilding, the imagination of a future repair, and other topics. Organizing committee: Esra Akcan, Caitlin Blanchfield,María González Pendás, Florian Idenburg, Jesse LeCavalier, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Wenfei Xu
The lecture will take place on March 26 at 5:30 p.m.


March 26
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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