May 09, 2017 – June 09, 2017

Designing Politics Exhibition

Date: 15th June – 11th July 2015
Mon – Fri  10am – 8pm | Sat  12 – 5pm 
LSE Atrium Gallery, Old Building, entrance via Clare Market WC2A

What does it mean to design for free speech? Can architects create urban commons? Is respect something that can be built into the city? This exhibition explores the outcomes of the first three international ideas challenges from Theatrum Mundi, a research project linking the performing and visual arts to the politics of the built environment. Emerging from Theatrum Mundi workshops out of the Occupy Movement in 2012, Designing Politics examines the limits and potential of design in addressing political questions of the city. Each year a different question was asked in a different city (New York in 2014; London in 2015; Rio in 2016), and an open call invited interdisciplinary teams of people across the performing and visual arts, and the built environment disciplines to send in propositional responses. Rather than exhibit the winners of the three ideas challenges again, this exhibition learns from across the three years to begin a conversation about the relationship between design, performance, politics and the city. 

This project has been coordinated by Theatrum Mundi with the support of LSE Cities.

The exhibition is in partnership with LSE Arts