WBYA? installation at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial
The Global Network Drawing by WBYA? maps the implications of global architecture projects through in-depth analyses of globalized workforces, in particular migrant construction labor.
The ethics around migrant labor and iconic global architecture became a matter of public debate in 2011 when Gulf Labor, an artist-led campaign for workers rights, staged protests calling on cultural institutions to resolve labor rights issues on building sites in Abu Dhabi. As part of Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks Campaign, WBYA? proposed expanding the human rights standards briefly noted in the American Institute of Architects’ Code of Ethics.
For the biennial, WBYA? created a workroom that illustrates their proposal, asking questions such as: How can we expand the definition of sustainable architecture to include sustaining human life?
Kadambari Baxi, Jordan Carver, Laura Diamond Dixit, Tiffany Rattray, Bety Stryker, Mabel O. Wilson; with Lindsey Lee and MTWTF; and support from Columbia University GSAPP