arch-peace editorials

03 July 2020

Artist Statement

The current surreal times of isolation have humanity experiencing the blurring of boundaries between the public and private arenas. While we await for the re-­‐opening of public spaces, including government buildings, we are shifting to interpersonally connecting from the intimacy of our personal spaces through social media.

Regeneration is a response to this particular phenomenon. The work portrays a physical representation of the global profound realisation of our vital interdependence on others. Utilising blooming flowers emerging from a microscopic image of the Covid-­‐19 virus projected onto the façade of the Richmond Town Hall, the work treats enforced social distancing as a catalyst of individual and collective contemplation and growth, simultaneously emphasising the central role of government leadership during times of crisis.

During COVID 19, public space is not what it used to be. Without a public it becomes an A-public space. Architects for Peace called for entries in March 2020 for a projection art competition. Images and/or text were to simulate a projection onto the façade of the Richmond Town Hall, Victoria, Australia. Regeneration, by Marynes Avila was the winning entry.

17 April 2020

AFP Steering Committee 2020

Introducing the Architects for Peace Steering Committee 2020

On behalf of the new Steering Committee, I’d like to introduce the members elected in December 2019.

Firstly, apologies for the delay in communications. National and global crises in different parts of the world have meant the incumbents have been operating on a day-to-day basis in many parts of the world.

27 August 2019

A new built environment paradigm needed!

by Mary Ann Jackson

In our rapidly urbanising modern world existing communities, neighbourhoods, are the most prevalent population site (Carmichael 2017). Nonetheless, for decades people with disability 1 have identified the inaccessibility of the existing built environment as a significant problem. The parts of the neighbourhood built environment about which people with disability are most dissatisfied are, housing, the public realm pedestrian environment, and public transport built infrastructure (Jackson 2018). However built environment disciplines commonly operating at neighbourhood scale, spatial disciplines, pay scant attention to people with disability (Pineda, Meyers, and Cruz 2017). Therefore, to effectively address neighbourhood-scale built environment inaccessibility, a new paradigm of built environment praxis is needed.

Getting lunch in the 'hood can be an insurmountable task (image: Saumya Kaushik).
Powerchair user outside lunchbar with 150mm raised entry right across doorway.

25 February 2019

Walled City of Lahore

Figure 1. New construction of Chowk Purani Kotwali - formerly a police kiosk in Mughal times. Street hawkers circle the avenue with their food stalls.
Image credit: IKAN Engineering Services

With a history reaching back more than 2000 years, Lahore has evolved gradually but continuously from a nonentity into a metropolitan city. Lahore is the second most populous city of Pakistan and the provincial capital of Punjab. It lies on the north-eastern part of Punjab and is close to the border of India [Figure 2]. It has almost always been the center of attention of the finest Mughals, as well as the British; so much so that in 1670 John Milton could not help but write: “Agra and Lahore, the Seat of the Great Mughal”.