The notion of community in activist urban praxis: A theory

Artistic Research Conversations series, Art, Culture, and Technology Programme, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA), 01 April 2022

The notion of community has become a key term at the intersection of architecture, activism, and design. However, the term community is undeniably ambiguous: urban communities meander between inclusion and exclusion, between hierarchy and horizontality, between regression and emancipation. In this presentation, Louis Volont argues that artists and designers have a lot to learn from the notion’s theoretical and etymological underpinnings. The presentation highlights the possibilities and pitfalls of community-based architecture and explores the implications for future artistic action.

Image © Louis Volont.
Image © Louis Volont.

More information:
https://act.mit.edu/event/artistic-research-conversation-the-notion-of-community-in-activist-urban-activism-theory-practice/