Reflecting on Home Economics: The British Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. She is a senior lecturer in Contextual Studies for BA Architecture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and teaches History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association.

In 2016, she co-founded Real Review, a publication about architecture geared at a general readership, and regularly works editorially on architectural books and magazines. In 2012, she was a curatorial collaborator with Sir David Chipperfield for Common Ground, the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Shumi co-curated Home Economics at the British Pavilion, for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016 with Finn Williams and Jack Self.

The British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale attempted to provoke questions about Britain’s particular relationship to the home, in the context of contemporary politics, economics, and cultural evolution.

Crucially, it attempted to both question and expand the field of architectural agency in respect to the trope of the British family home, and the parallel question of housing – beyond the discipline, but remaining engaged with the potentials of design thinking.

This lecture will attempt to present and continue the conversation proposed by Home Economics with an emerging generation of young designers.