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Black & British: Reclaiming ‘Blackness’ through Radical Independent Education

Part 2 Project 2021
Quadri Shogunle-Aregbesola
Manchester School of Architecture Manchester | UK
“Black & British: Reclaiming ‘Blackness’ through Radical Independent Education” is created in response to the inherent discrimination existent in the British education system today. This is forged on the premise that anti-Blackness cannot be divorced from the British education system; the two are interwoven when it comes to understanding the Black-British plight in historical and contemporary times.

Integrating three distinct learning processes: Humanities, S.T.E.M and The Arts, the proposal focusses on the latter to facilitate a reclamation of Black Power, through what is coined as ‘Edu-fication’. Located in Brixton in the London Borough of Lambeth, the journey through the sites bears much socio-political and symbolic significance. Alongside ongoing gentrification conflicted by the displacement of the diaspora community, this project took a critical architectural approach of gentrification and current educational systems, proposing an alternative model for Brixton.

The project reclaims space for this abused community by championing radical politics and synthesising the physical (architectural response) with the metaphysical (political response). The diaspora will be given the opportunity to undergo the process of reclamation through healing and learning. A journey through three buildings perpetuating alternative Black Learning, eventually blurred the boundaries between investigation and projection, forming a Black-led autonomous architectural imagery.

Quadri Shogunle-Aregbesola


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