Kenton Card is a PhD Student in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently an Editor of Critical Planning Journal and a Student Advisor to the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. Kenton’s current research questions the implications of various legal and ownership configurations of housing and land within a comparative urban political economic framework. He works primarily with Ananya Roy, Eric Sheppard (Geography), Paul Ong, and Mike Lens. Kenton’s past research unpacked social architecture practices and their unintended consequences through participant observation and documentary film fieldwork. This research was conducted across the United States on the Rural Studio, Architecture for Humanity, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio and others, which culminated into the film “Architecture for the Underserved” and publications. Kenton has always been driven to engage in social change beyond academic research through forms of spatial practice like community organizing and engaged pedagogy. He spearheaded a multi-year project to design and build an agricultural greenhouse for Marlboro College, which included leading a community design process, fundraising initiative, and a sustainable construction process by salvaging materials and harvesting/milling timber. He also launched a yearlong urban research collective called The City and the Political at The Public School, Berlin, and has taught at Marlboro College. Finally, Kenton has worked with housing and environmental advocacy organizations in Sacramento, CA: Housing California and The Planning and Conservation League. When not studying cities, Kenton spends time ‘traditional’ rock climbing.
Jones, Paul, and Kenton Card. “Constructing “Social Architecture”: The politics of representing practice.” Architectural Theory Review 16.3 (2011): 228-244. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13264826.2011.621543#.Vqul5lKkQ-8
Card, Kenton. “Democratic Social Architecture Or Experimentation On The Poor?.” Design Philosophy Papers 3 (2011). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/144871311X13968752924914#.VqumSFKkQ-8