Architecture and Activism is the title of one of the architecture programs at Royal College of Art. The course investigates two alternative themes: Activism as architecture – how to mobilise architectural theory and practice in the field of activism? How can an activist campaign be thought of as an architectural project, as fabric of relations between places, agencies, and institutions? Architecture as activism – What is the potential agency of architects in the field of politics? Can architecture formulate its own claims, demands, agenda, and above all, its own questions?
We were approached to create a basic design framework that could be easily applied to posters, events and exhibitions. The visual language for the project tries to negotiate the dichotomy between two extremes – activism and academia, placard and essay – using a juxtaposition of attention-grabbing slogans with more in-depth contextual writing.