Networks of care and relationships grow an urban farm and community hub north of Paris.

relational architectures is a series that locates ways for design to operate through relationships built on solidarity. Along the abandoned tracks of one of the oldest urban train lines in the world, is La Ferme du Rail, a farm, housing cooperative and neighborhood restaurant founded…

On Relational Architectures

We are alive at a time that is marked by death, grief, and mourning at a planetary scale. There is genocide happening in real time, being funded by our tax dollars. The planetary systems that sustain us are collapsing all around us. Design, rather than delivering on its promise of being a change-making agent, has continued to perpetuate an economics that demands extraction, unmitigated growth, and accumulation. As the oppressive structures that uphold these interlocking systems of white-supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy continue to constrict and shapeshift, it is clear that now is a critical time to choose life. It is at this moment that we must choose a principle of livingness as we reconsider what it means to be in relationship with our human and more-than-human neighbors.

Over the next 12 months we’ll be publishing a series of profiles and essays that explore the idea of relational architectures and the ways that collectives and organizations are using design to generate tools for fostering greater resilience in the face of planetary crisis and transition. The work of these assemblages is not new. Livingness—for all our microbial, plantae, fungal and animal kin—is a metabolic process of exchange. In some ways, being human means to feel the world around us, synthesize that into energy, and collectively build tools for survival. Today that work manifests by weaving threads of indigenous science and worldviews with  liberatory movement work rooted in restoration, collective power, and justice. By sharing ways that people are employing creative practice to self-organize, we hope to rehearse new ways of being together and locate ways for design to operate through relationships built on solidarity.

Design is, and always has been, political. We spent the early months of this year in conversation with our community to find language for the title of this series. Thanks to those interactions, we embraced an early attempt to describe the work ahead as “relational/relationship,” in examining how local groups are establishing liberatory frameworks for community care… READ THE FULL EDITOR’S NOTE 


Methods & Provisions is a series documenting the memories, rituals and soundtracks of people who love food. quori theodor’s medium is mess. For the artist, writer, and experimental chef, disorder and decay are an opportunity to investigate questions around why we eat and how. Their most recent endeavor is Gnaw,…


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Wooden bowl battiyeh, woven basket mikfaya,  clay oven tabun, a bed of hot rocks radaf, pillow mold m’khad,  a convex metal dome saaj.  Sitti Jamila’s crumbling stone barn exists in the architecture of my memories; while her infinitely wrinkled, smiling face surrounded with…