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Michael Cradock — The Homosexual Imperialist

‘The Homosexual Imperialist’ intends to infiltrate the architectural language of the traditional establishment with a new vocabulary of queer symbology, drawing on references such as classicism, Susan Sontag’s manifesto ‘Notes on “Camp”,’ and the Grindr ‘Gaymoji’ alphabet. The project stands as a riposte to the appropriation of queer culture by the heterosexual mainstream, colonising an area of the city for the LGBT community and celebrating queer culture in an era where it has evolved beyond hidden, ad-hoc venues. Countering widespread closures of dedicated queer spaces, the scheme encourages interaction within the queer community beyond the sexualised.