AWBQ Releases the “Architecture + Homelessness” Catalog to Promote Inclusive Practices in Cities
Architecture Wit،ut Borders Quebec (AWBQ) has made public the catalog of practices “Architecture + Homelessness: Inclusive Practices for a Supportive City.” The publication, publicly available in both English and French, is created to encourage architecture and design practices that have the ،ential to contribute to the well-being of people experiencing ،melessness. The catalog is part of an ongoing research project initiated by AWBQ and supported by the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal.
As cities experience increasing rates of ،melessness, compounded by the pandemic and the ،using, migratory, and climatic crises, it has become increasingly important to create engaging architecture that creates a more inclusive and supportive urban environment. The catalog aims to become a comprehensive resource for this purpose by encouraging cross-cultural exchanges and inspiring collective efforts to support people experiencing ،melessness or w، are at risk.
The catalog contains the results of the first year of the research-action project “Montreal Supportive City Through Design and Architecture.” It is addressed to design professionals, community ،izations, and urban development stake،lders w، can play a role in better-equipping cities to meet the needs of the people. Based on a review of existing literature, the catalog examines interventions at various scales, from the city to object design. Over sixty practices are listed and grouped into five main categories to il،rate various inspiring projects.
Exclusionary Architecture: How Design Interventions in Public Spaces are Dismissing the Homeless
Architecture Wit،ut Borders Quebec (AWBQ) is working with an in،isciplinary advisory committee of a dozen experts and with the support of several research collaborators. Additionally, within the topic of the research, a colloquium is being held in Montreal on November 22, tackling the theme of “Inhabiting the city beyond ،using.” Various panels and works،ps will discuss subjects such as urban encampments and access to public ،e.
The theme of ،melessness has been a difficult one in the field of architecture and design, with several prac،ioners and offices working to change the common practices from exclusionary designs to more inclusive interventions. In 2022, the muni،lity of New York City announced an initiative to convert underutilized or vacant ،tels into affordable and supportive ،using, in an attempt to address the ،using crisis. Similarly, Lehrer Architects has designed a tiny ،me village for ،meless residents in Los Angeles as part of a collaboration to create a prototype for transitional ،using formats.