From the Ground Up: Building Solidarity in Somerville through Aspirational Design




​What does it mean to build community in a broken world? As architects working in the public sphere, we are cast into a predatory system that divides people. Networks of capital, privatization, inequity, gentrification, and displacement all convene to fracture human connection. 

How do communities resist?

​This session will be a presentation and discussion about anti-capitalist architecture studios run at the Rhode Island School of Design for the past two years in the spring semesters. It will outlinine the pedagogy and associated issues of public engagement, protecting student labor, and creating a collaborative student-driven classroom environment.


​W Gavin Robb

​W Gavin Robb is an architectural designer, theorist, educator and the founding principal of Kin Design Studio. His work explores civic infrastructure, advanced digital fabrication and constructing the imagination. He received a MArch with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2014. While at the GSD he co-founded an advanced research lab focused on complex geometry and fabrication.

​Robb founded Kin Design Studio in 2017, where he is the studio lead. The studio uses advanced digital fabrication, community engagement and a deep knowledge of how cities work to create inspiring places for people. Among other projects, he is currently designing a 250+ student school in Kampala, Uganda.

​Before founding Kin Design Studio, he worked at Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta, GA, where he completed several high-profile projects. His work has been exhibited at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


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