Marginalized communities are often relegated to living, working, and gathering in the urban fringes. Social media and the digital realm serve as important gathering spaces for communities who find themselves unwelcome, uninvited, and unsafe in physical spaces. With this in mind, The  Design Collective aims to explore the potential of digital media as sites for communal exchange, collective practice, and solidarity: transversing the physical into the digital, using it as a tool to change our physical realities while breaking free from the rigidity and confinements often imposed by Architecture.
Engaging with the 2019 LFA theme of Boundaries, The  Design Collective will host an online design charrette, live streaming the workshop for public participation. This heuristic approach of live streaming a charrette/workshop uses digital space to interrogate institutional boundaries that exist in practicing and studying architecture. The  Design Collective will further explore ‘Boundaries’ within the design brief itself, which will be shared in advance with the participants.
#cybercharrette is a call to log in to our online studio, using digital space to gather, design, discuss, and empower communities who seek to design more inclusive and diverse spaces in our cities, creating a digital seat at the table.