AA Files #77 Launch
Edited by Maria Shéhérazade Giudici
Architectural Association, Sept. 2020

On September 22, the AA Files #77 was launched with a virtual roundtable with some of the authors who contributed to the 'Home' section of this issue —a special File that gathers a series of reflections on the changed meaning of being home during lockdown. AA Files 77 is structured as a series of thematic Files covering topics that range from ecological conservation to the architecture of logistics; this launch event highlights a File that was created as a response to the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 outbreak. While it is too early to assess yet what kind of impact the pandemic has had on the way architecture is produced and experienced, the Home File opens up a moment of discussion on the small scale changes that affect the everyday lives of all those who live and work from home, as well as casting a critical light on what it means to write, read, and publish in the present condition.

Charles Rice, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Harriet Harriss, Peer Illner, and Socks Studio’s Fosco Lucarelli and Mariabruna Fabrizi shared their perspectives with AA Files editor Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, in a discussion that challenges all the participants to reimagine ways in which designers, teachers, and students can exploit the condition of social distancing as a (paradoxical) platform for new kinds of political agency.

Our partner Ethel Baraona Pohl wrote a contribution entitled Cosmonauts of the Future for this issue and participated on the launch.

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