How We Live Now

How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative is a multi-layered project comprising an installation, publication and events programme exploring a series of important questions about our public spaces and designed environments

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The project considers who the Barbican buildings and shared spaces are designed for, who is excluded from the designed environment, and what effect this has on the communities who live there.

A jumping off point for these questions is an unseen archive of work by the radical 1980s feminist architecture co-operative Matrix. The installation will feature rare films, drawings, photos and architectural models from the Matrix archive, presenting their use of radical methods across a range of projects, past and present.

The project while also introduce archival and contemporary approaches to design that aim to empower groups often excluded in the design of buildings, including Black and Asian women’s organisations, community and childcare groups and lesbian and gay housing co-operatives, to explore more inclusive ways of designing, building and occupying spaces.

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