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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation 2023

Manifestos Launch and Panel Discussion


Returning for its 5th-year 'Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation' is a collaboration between the London Festival of Architecture and the Design Museum. Each interaction as part of this collaboration is meant to present a thought-provoking manifestos from four emerging voices who are expanding the parameters of what architecture can be, who London is for and what its future holds.

This year, a panel of respected voices in architecture and design have nominated a brilliant line-up of creatives, who they regard as being engaged with and committed to the act of progressive, inclusive placemaking in London.

The nominees will present and discuss their manifestos as part of the London Festival of Architecture.


Co-founded by Jordan Whitewood-Neal and James Zatka-Haas, Dis is a disability-led research collective using storytelling and alternative design methodologies to advocate for the value of disabled experience within space and culture, working against the increasing isolation and atomisation of disabled people in art and architecture.

Edit is a feminist design collective working to challenge biases embedded in the built environment. Edit’s research looks at architecture and its power to influence and maintain established gender roles within a capitalist system and is interested in how traces of care and reproductive labour spill into the public realm, disrupting formal notions of public life and space.

Poppy Levison
Levison’s lived experience as a blind woman gives her particular expertise in the politics of inclusive design, architecture’s tendency to fixate on the visual, and the accessibility of architecture education. She is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at DSDHA and one of the winning DisOrdinary+ReFabricate team working on the London Festival of Architecture 2023 ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’ competition.

Hamza Shaikh
Shaikh is a London-based architect and artist. He is prominently known for his experimental architectural drawings on social media as well as his thought leadership in the design industry. His recent book, ‘Drawing Attention – Architecture in the Age of Social Media’ was published by RIBA and Routledge. In 2021, he was also the recipient of the Individual of the Year award by the Thornton Education Trust for 'inspiring future generations' in architecture.


Jos Boys
Boys is co-founder and co-director, with Zoe Partington, of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project which brings disabled artists into built environment education and practice to critically and creatively re-think access and inclusion.

Dr. Ruth Lang
Lang is an architect, researcher, writer, and senior lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the London School of Architecture. Her work focuses on the networks and mechanisms we engage with in delivering architectural projects, exploring how we might practice differently in order to achieve a more socially and environmentally equitable profession. She is currently leading the Low Carbon Housing research in the Design Museum’s Future Observatory.

Shahed Saleem
Saleem is an architect, author and Reader in Architecture at the University of Westminster. His research and practice explore the architecture of diaspora communities, in particular their relationship to heritage, belonging and nationhood.

Dr. Neal Shasore
Shasore is Head of School and Chief Executive of the London School of Architecture. He is particularly passionate about diversifying architectural education, heritage and practice. An architectural historian by training, his research and writing have primarily focussed on architectural culture in Britain and the Empire in the first half of the twentieth century.


Dis, Edit, Poppy Levison, Hamza Shaikh
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