Perspectives on Architecture: 'Building Co-operation: 1844-2012' and 'Caring through new common objects'


June 11 2013 • 6.00pm
to 7.15pm
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Building Co-operation: 1844-2012

The modern British Co-operative movement began with the Rochdale Pioneers in a warehouse. It has grown a collection of significant buildings across the UK and beyond.

Property became a practical necessity, for the movement's commercial enterprises and enabled local societies to support the education and day-to-day requirements of its members. However, it was also an aspiration as each society realised the potential for its premises to become high-quality investments for their members and in some ways it became competitive too.

Stephen McCusker will discuss the resulting buildings as manifestations of this social and cultural movement and how they used architecture to demonstrate their progress with the times within the cities and towns of the north west of England.

Stephen McCusker is an architect and a Director of Loop Systems Ltd, a co-operative business. He has worked on building projects for co-operative enterprises, including the recent extension and refurbishment of the original Pioneers warehouse in Rochdale. His research interests follow trends in architecture within society both in the past and the future, complimenting his ongoing work as an Associate Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Caring through new common objects

Kim's doctoral research has investigated some of the intersections between an ethics of care and spatial practice.  Caring, understood as an ethical attitude and action towards something, can be considered important for architecture in many ways, particularly when we think about the social dimensions of practice, such as participation, inclusion and so on.  In this short talk Kim will focus on some of the social relations and connections contemporary practitioners are making.  In particular, she will look at the ways in which they work with objects to make relations.  She will question what it means to make, or hold, an object 'in common' and look at some of the structures these practices generate.

Dr Kim Trogal completed her PhD at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. The research has been supported by the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship.



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Hayley Russell
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