Frictions, the ESALA Public Lecture Series 2021–22, situates architecture, landscape architecture, and related fields at the intersection of environmental, political, and social crises. Focusing on the two interconnected themes of Community and Climate Crisis, the series responds to the climate emergency, interconnecting environmental pollution to the issues of colonisation, segregation, racism, forced migration, and to systems of injustice.

Frictions highlights ESALA’s ethos of critical engagement with the social and ecological urgencies of our time.

This programme of events contributes to ongoing debates in research, practice and pedagogy by celebrating a diversity of voices and a multiplicity of approaches.

2021/22

Wed 13 October 2021 | Shahed Saleem, University of Westminster/MAKESPACE (United Kingdom) | ‘Can Architecture be Decolonised?’ | Online | 7pm | Register here >

Wed 20 October 2021 | Dr Hannah Le Roux, University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) | ‘Fragments of Asbestos-Cement, 1940 to 2040’ | Online | 7pm | Register here >

Wed 27 October 2021 | Dr Daniel Barber, University of Pennsylvania (United States of America) | ‘Architecture of the Aftermath’ | Online | 7pm | Register here >

Wed 3 November 2021 | Ursula Biemann, Geobodies (Switzerland) | ‘Devenir Universidad’ | Online | 5pm | Register here >

Wed 17 November 2021 | Joseph Grima, Space Caviar (Netherlands/Italy) | ‘Non-Extractive Architecture’ | Online | 7pm | Register here >

Wed 24 November 2021 | Anupama Kundoo (Germany/India) | Online | 7pm | Register here >

Wed 1 December 2021 | Bellastock (France) | ‘Living the Change: Circular Economy and Tactical Urbanism supporting the Ecological Transition of Territories’ | Online | 7pm | Register here >

Previous series

2020/21

Wed 21 Oct 2020 | Dr Samaneh Moafi, Goldsmith’s (United Kingdom, Iran) | ‘The Plantation: Discipline of unruly waters, plants and peoples in Dez’ | Online | 7pm

Wed 4 Nov 2020 | TAKA Architects, (Ireland) | Further information to be released soon | Online | 7pm

Wed 18 Nov 2020 | Professor Hélène Frichot, Melbourne School of Design (Australia) | Dirty Theory: Architectural Smatterings | Online | 10am

Wed 2 Dec 2020 | Professor Ahmed Ansari, New York University (United States of America, Pakistan) | ‘Design & Other Ontologies of the Human’ | Online | 7pm

View the 2020/21 Semester 1 poster of talks >

Wed 13 Jan 2021 | Jane Hutton, University of Waterloo School of Architecture | Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements | Online | 7pm

Wed 20 Jan 2021 | Hélène Binet, Photographer and Geddes Visiting Fellow | The Making of a Photograph | Online | 7pm

Wed 27 Jan 2021 | Giorgos Kallis, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies | The Case for Degrowth | Online | 7pm

Wed 3 Feb 2021Katja Grillner, School of Architecture, KTH and Geddes Visiting Fellow | Writing Landscape – Writing Place | Online | 7pm

Wed 10 Feb 2021 | Rania Ghosn, MIT School of Architecture + Planning and DESIGN EARTH | Geostories | Online | 7pm

Wed 24 Feb 2021 | IF-DO | Process in Practice | Online | 7pm

Wed 3 Mar 2021 | Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, O’Donnell + Tuomey | Going On | Online | 7pm

Wed 10 Mar 2021 | Samia Henni, Geddes Visiting Fellow | Desert Toxic Modernism | Online | 7pm

Wed 17 Mar 2021 | Cooking Sections | When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]] | Online | 7pm

Tue 23 Mar 2021 | Flores + Prats, Geddes Visiting Fellow | The Discipline of the Existing | Online | 7pm

Wed 24 Mar 2021 | Counterspace/ Sumayya Vally | Counteracts | Online | 7pm

Wed 31 Mar 2021 | Dima Srouji, Birzeit University in Palestine | Subterranean Non-Fiction | Online | 7pm