Panel 6
    Design for Partnerships
    of Change

    Architects must foster partnerships, and work across many different professions and skills to create a sustainable and inclusive future. The work needed for a sustainable world requires the participation of a vast multitude of actors, both public and private, from many different sectors, skills and educations.

    Panel 6: Design for Partnerships of Change
    Panel 6: Design for Partnerships of Change

    Panel Chairs: Sandi Hilal and Yasar Adnan Adanali


    Design for Partnerships aims to build alliances to challenge dominant structures and redistribute power relations to seek justice and access to rights for all.

    Design for Partnerships is about recognizing asymmetrical relationships between states, public spaces, civil societies and private domaines and finding a new balance for the existing power structures.

    Design for Partnerships examines how to rethink Architecture and the built environment to play an essential role in its ability to create the ground for care, local governance, space making practices and imaginaries of different political and social future scenarios.

    We intend to acknowledge unrecognized knowledge experiences by bringing back everyday-life experiences and different forms of knowledge production and storytelling that inform our understanding of design today. We call for an effort to re-frame main spatial concepts such as design, communities, commons, and participation, among others, as an active way to challenge and rethink architecture within the dominant academic framework.

    Sub-PANELS for Design for Partnerships of Change


    How can we reframe our understanding of communities beyond who is the care-giver and who is care-receiver, who is the guest and who is the host, who is the saviour and who needs to be saved today? How to re-frame our understanding of the use of the concept of ‘communities’ in their role of political subjects able to create alliances and contribute actively in more inclusive and open collective domains?


    How can we understand participation beyond the asymmetrical relationship between ‘organizers’ and the participating communities that are often  reduced  to “relief recipients”, who should be grateful and endorse the attempt of those who are there to help them?

    How to re-frame participation not only as a performative tool that makes organisers feel good but in its ability to challenge dominant power structures and to find new balances between existing structures and how not to hesitate to understand participation as a tool of operation to negotiate conflict?


    How to re-frame our understanding of the commons as a space created by the interaction of people, where commons  can exist only if people are constantly producing in contrast to the public spaces, that can be designed and exist without people? 


    How to re-frame design in its role of challenging dominant power structures by strengthening and amplifying alliance building and people-centered space making?

    Visit the six panels

    Panel 1
    Design for Climate Adaptation

    Architecture faces a grave challenge in a world struck by climate change. The built environment must adapt to changing weather patterns, higher temperatures and flooding.

    Panel 2
    Design for Rethinking Resources

    Resources are getting scarcer, and architects need to address this issue. By using novel materials and recycling on a much greater scale, architecture can change its approach to resources.

    Panel 3
    Design for Resilient Communities

    Communities are people, and people create communities. Architects can positively impact the lives of millions, even billions, by building for the future, and creating communities that last.

    Panel 4
    Design for Health

    Healthy living takes place in healthy environments, and architects can help improve public health through careful planning, building and consideration.

    Panel 5
    Design for Inclusivity

    A sustainable world is one with room and consideration for all people. Architects must design with inclusivity in mind, and take care to understand the needs of the many different people that inhabit the globe.

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