Housing Biopolitics and Care
Peg Rawes, a professor of architecture and philosophy at the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, will present “Housing Biopolitics and Care” as part of the Iowa State University Department of Architecture Public Programs Series.
In her lecture, Rawes will outline how 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s philosophy constitutes a human and ethical ratio within a biopolitical discussion of the UK housing crisis. For Spinoza, ratio constitutes different modes of environmental, corporeal and societal lives. Drawing from Foucault’s writings on technologies of the self and Spinoza’s geometric essay ‘The Ethics” (1677), she will explore how Spinoza’s ‘radical enlightenment’ thought has resonance with architects and professionals who challenge the inhumane ratios of inequality that currently form UK housing provision.
Rawes examines this topic in “Equal By Design” (Lone Star Productions, 2016) a 25-minute documentary film co-authored with Beth Lord, a professor of philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. It can be viewed online at www.equalbydesign.co.uk.