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The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas
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Piggybacking Practices: A Symposium on Architecture and Inequality
“Piggybacking Practices: A Symposium on Architecture and Inequality” will bring together several of North America’s most innovative architects, urban designers, and scholars for a two-part conversation exploring “piggybacking practices” in relation to contemporary forms of inequality in the built environment. Participants include the founders of Landing Studio, New Affiliates, Interboro, Ants of the Prairie, Clare Lyster Urbanism and Architecture, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Lateral Office and cityLAB UCLA.

Brian Holland, assistant professor and symposium organizer, defines piggybacking practices as multiple-use propositions for anchoring socially or economically marginal activities alongside dominant ones. A few examples of piggybacking practices are rooftop community farms, student-senior home shares, restaurants doubling as coworking spaces, luxury apartments supporting free or low-cost artist residencies, and public pavilions incorporating repurposed construction mock-ups.

The symposium will feature presentations and discussions with an array of innovative architects and urban designers who have used piggybacking practices in their projects and research. The symposium is motivated by Holland’s belief that there is an important role for planners, architects, and designers to play in uncovering latent sites and situations for piggybacking, and in developing tactics and sensibilities in support of this work. The goal of this symposium is to evaluate the opportunities and limitations of piggybacking practices in incrementally expanding equity, opportunity and sustainability in the built environment.
Piggybacking Practices: A Symposium
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