Questioning post-
Brexit relationships

Specialist Operations was invited by the Architectural Association to discuss post-Brexit relationships with Madelon Vriesendorp and Gurminder K. Bhambra. In 2010 and 2011, it was estimated according to census data that around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries. In 2017, there were 3.8 million EU citizens living in the UK, an estimated 6% of the total population. These statistics mean that the concept of ‘Home’ will be redefined for many of us within Europe as Britain prepares to leave the EU. With that in mind, the Architectural Association and Florian Idenburg of SO - IL are partnering with the Dutch Embassy to organise a series of talks that will invite architects, artists, politicians, theorists and designers

to look at the new forms of collaboration, identity, trade and exchange that the UK will need to invent as it redefinesits relationship with the rest of Europe. What does it mean to leave one’s home indefinitely? Or what happens when a mass departure from a single territory is triggered? This conversation explores the notion of voluntary departure from one’s homeland. Exploring what it means to flee, live in exile, and uproot your life through its social, political, economic and environmental impact, we will discuss new tools for survival, forms of nomadism, as well as what happens to the place that is left behind.

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