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Anna Russell
Architecture MA

Royal College of Art

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Architecture

My location: London, United Kingdom

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Anna Russell

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First Name: Anna

Last Name: Russell

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program: Architecture MA

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Architecture

My Location: London, United Kingdom

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My work is focused on the social, cultural and political impact of architecture, examining the role architecture plays in facilitating or inhibiting the way we live and our right to the city, particularly the relationship between gender and the built environment. My first year project at the RCA entitled ‘Airing your dirty laundry’ (which was awarded the RIBA London Student Award 2021) challenged the fragmentation of domestic space, and the privatisation of domestic labour, by re-imagining historic communal practices of labour in the public realm. Throughout my practice, I have explored these concepts through drawing, model-making, textiles and film. I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2018, and worked at Carmody Groarke in London during my Part 1.

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Architecture Textiles

‘Quilt city’ seeks to critique and challenge the ways in which public space, and more broadly the city, is produced, appropriated, adapted and maintained over time. The process of quilt-making has often been seen as women’s work, a ‘craft’ that is made in the confines of the domestic sphere and relegated to an inferior position in relation to men’s art. However, the collective craft of quilting, which has evolved through heterogenous histories and cultural traditions around the world, can also be described as an art of safekeeping, protection, beauty, community, and protest. The project proposes a quilted urban strategy, deploying intimacy, collective, care and time, to allow for an unhindered use of urban space to “live in, play in, work in, represent, characterize and occupy” (Fenster, 2005) during our everyday lives, where citizens actively participate in the decision making surrounding the production and maintenance of said urban space. The project asks whether through a continuous undoing and redoing, the city can be designed to be resilient and “recover from forces or pressures which occur in time” (Sennett, 2018:287). Please see project films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsUN5i0MyF4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_iONHds5uw&t=69s