Hannah Bolitho
Engaging With the Politics of Architecture
The practice of urbanism has long been confounded by conflicting demands. As custodians of the city, architects must broaden their practice to become better advocates and mediators between the community and politically driven design processes. Architects must ensure they are included in these processes. My research focused on a reconsideration of the traditional output of architecture to respond to the changing social and environmental demands of our cities. This fragment shows the urban intervention of the Superblocks in Barcelona, where the public space of the streets was reinvented, the ‘living space’ was increased and the resulting environmental and social benefits have been considerable.