On Monday we invited Dr. Peg Rawes, Programme Director of Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, to present her recently released film Equal by Design. It is a co-production between her and Dr. Beth Lord, Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at Aberdeen University.
It is a short documentary which explores how the theories of wellbeing and equality put forward by Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) can help us think afresh about housing and landscape design within the current affordable housing crisis. The issues in the film are highly relevant to much of the work we do in our Practice and resonated with many of us on a personal level. It proved to be highly motivating and thought provoking at a time when the concerns raised could not be timelier.