When I first heard about “Social Justice” I had no idea what the phrase meant. I have a lot of lawyers in my family, so I thought it was tied to the law in some way. Research on the subject has turned up some interesting websites.
The first architect I read about was Antonio Ismael Risianto. He was “born in Amsterdam, Holland. Graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976 (Masters Arch) and continued at MIT under the MAAS on Housing and Human Settlement Design for Developing Countries Post Graduate Program” (WorldArchitectureCommunity.org).
His focus on social justice has taken him to Jakarta. With the history of flooding and the prediction of rising waters due to global warming, Risianto designed a Floating Market. Normally, when the waters rise, the poor are forced to leave their livelihoods to seek higher ground. What Risianto is proposing, is that the market be placed on floating platforms, so that no matter the weather, the poor, who sell items at the sea’s edge, will not have to leave their shops. I am intrigued by the way Risianto turned what is seen as a calamity into a solution that would be a win-win situation for the locals.
Antonio Ismael Risianto. (2008, February 4). Retrieved July 25, 2011, from http://www.worldarchitecture.org/profiles/index.asp?wamnum=1076
Indonesia “Social justice by design, Architect Antonio Ismael Risianto promotes planning for the urban poor Yahyasheikho786′s Blog. (2009, October 19). Retrieved July 25, 2011, from http://yahyasheikho786.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/indonesia-social-justice-by-design-architect-antonio-ismael-risianto-promotes-planning-for-the-urban-poor/