About

Irene Brisson is a designer, researcher, and educator invested in the study and implementation of more equitable design processes. Her current research investigates communicative practices used in tacit and explicit design of Haitian residential architecture. Ethnographic fieldwork is focused on three significant producers of Haitian houses: general contractors/bosmason, architects, and non-governmental organizations. Considering speech, gesture, drawing, and building as inclusive categories of communication, Irene explores how they vary in complex relationships of class, education, language, race, and nationality to reproduce and challenge the status quo. 

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Activities.

Speaking. Gesturing. Drawing. Building
Design
as a holistic technique for increasing justice, sustainability, and delight in the built environment.
Movement
and gesture are inextricably part of our ways of living and making meaning of or for our environments.
Research
on architecture as sets of communicative practices integrates marginalized builders and building into architectural theory.

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Location
Detroit, MI Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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