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Politics of dissensus in geographies of architecture: Testing equality at Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley

Kullman, Kim (2019). Politics of dissensus in geographies of architecture: Testing equality at Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 44(2) pp. 284–298.

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Abstract

This paper evokes the writings of Jacques Rancière to propose a concept of politics for geographies of architecture that is attentive to the polemical conditions under which more equal ways of composing built environments emerge. Discussing Ed Roberts Campus, a building designed and operated by the disability community in Berkeley, California, the paper argues for a politics of architecture that does not entail conflicts over power or identity, but revolves around a testing of materials that alters the bodily circumstances built form offers for collective inhabitation. Such testing sets in motion an uncertain process where a building undergoes constant destabilisation by new claimants who verify and expand its equality. The paper then counterpoises this disruptive politics to institutional practices in order to investigate how its fragile after‐effects might be sustained.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
ISSN: 1475-5661
Keywords: architecture; disability; dissensus; equality; Jacques Rancière; politics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 57753
Depositing User: Kim Kullman
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 13:52
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 04:29
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/57753
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