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Colin Keays

Colin Keays

http://www.colinkeays.com

, Netherlands
Colin Keays is a spatial practitioner based between the Netherlands and the UK. His work sits at the intersection of design, curatorial practice, and theoretical research, delving critically into the social and political realities of design and the built environment. He graduated from the Contextual Design MA department at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2019, with his project, “Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins”, nominated for the Gijs Bakker Award for excellence in design research.

Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins


Gentrification in Five Acts

Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins


Gentrification in Five Acts
Narrative based reflections into gentrification, and the diminishing presence of queer space in cities.
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My research explored ‘queering’ of space as a methodology for destabilising exclusionary urban power structures. Queer space was used both to exemplify spaces for specific marginalised urban communities, as well as with a looser definition to encompass other non-normative spaces. While both these understandings can be seen as a possible alternative to the increasingly prevalent idea of ‘smoothness’ in cities, they equally fall victim to it.

Moreover, the social consequences of architecture are often overlooked, and those within the industry fail to recognise when they are complicit in processes of exclusion. I hope that this project prompts those with the power and privilege to intervene to recognise when they might be complicit. This project therefore acts as a provocation – a slow-burning call-to-action. Taking a playful approach at times, it giving room for critical reflection, allowing viewers to recognise their own complicit relationships to the processes at hand.


Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins


Gentrification in Five Acts

Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins


Gentrification in Five Acts
Narrative based reflections into gentrification, and the diminishing presence of queer space in cities.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

My research explored ‘queering’ of space as a methodology for destabilising exclusionary urban power structures. Queer space was used both to exemplify spaces for specific marginalised urban communities, as well as with a looser definition to encompass other non-normative spaces. While both these understandings can be seen as a possible alternative to the increasingly prevalent idea of ‘smoothness’ in cities, they equally fall victim to it.

Moreover, the social consequences of architecture are often overlooked, and those within the industry fail to recognise when they are complicit in processes of exclusion. I hope that this project prompts those with the power and privilege to intervene to recognise when they might be complicit. This project therefore acts as a provocation – a slow-burning call-to-action. Taking a playful approach at times, it giving room for critical reflection, allowing viewers to recognise their own complicit relationships to the processes at hand.



Idea by

Colin Keays
Colin Keays
Netherlands
Colin Keays is a spatial practitioner based between the Netherlands and the UK. His work sits at the intersection of design, curatorial practice, and theoretical research, delving critically into the social and political realities of design and the built environment. He graduated from the Contextual Design MA department at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2019, with his project, “Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins”, nominated for the Gijs Bakker Award for excellence in design research.