Historically, cities worldwide, including Berlin, New York, London, and Vienna, have been built upon a foundation of tenements. However, what defines the current moment in urban history is the migrants‘ radical politics of non-arrival as a means to escape capture and exploitation.
This discussion explores the convergences and divergences between tenement and migration histories in previous stages of urban development in the global north and amid ongoing planetary urbanization. Drawing on reflections from extensive engagement with migrant communities in India and Italy, the talk emphasizes the role of architecture and built environment professionals in collaborating with, rather than opposing, migrant struggles. It underscores the agency these professionals possess to positively contribute to the challenges faced by migrants in the complex and evolving landscape of global urbanization.
Nitin Bathla, lecturer and postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zurich
Moderation: Michael Klein, ÖGFA, Vienna
An event by ÖGFA – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Architektur.