A New Model for Decolonising Climate Responsive Design – Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows

New Models is a lecture series that invites practitioners from different disciplines to discuss how their work can change the models around which society is organised. These conversations will address how we can shift power structures, socio-economic forces and structural inequalities present in society today to give us new tools to rethink the world around us.​

This lecture explores climate responsive design by integrating indigenous knowledge from communities, attempting to facilitate the emancipatory intentions of the action (design) research in architectural practice. Enabling marginalised local voices by emphasising on the collective engagement. Improvising community participatory and adaptive architectural responses to social and ecological entanglement, faced by the disadvantaged communities. Design practice as an active agent for decolonising design methods for climate and spatial justice. By drawing on applied anthropological approaches, ‘ethnography in the field’, that prioritises community members as producers of climate responsive design research and the use of participants’ drawings, making and storytelling as methods of production of local (indigenous) knowledge.

Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows is an architect, design researcher, a lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture and an architectural design tutor at the London School of Architecture and the Central Saint Martins. She is the founder of FAME collective, co-founder of Our Building Design and the charity Mannan Foundation Trust. Tumpa utilises design practice to be an active agent of socio-spatial decolonisation for environmental, climate and spatial justice. Tumpa is a panel member of the Design Review Panel for the Southwark Council Planning Department. She was named a RIBA-J Rising Star (2017), she has been awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Research 2019 (commendation), a RIBA BAME award winner (2019), SEED/PacificRim Award (2018) and Architecture Sans Frontiers Award (2017).
Image: Improvised architectural responses to the changing climate in the Rajapur village, Bangladesh: Co-designed intervention to understand how to adapt to the changing climate. A series of projects undertaken with the community members, in collaboration with Our Building Design and the Mannan Foundation Trust. Credit: Our Building Design and the Mannan Foundation Trust


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