Young architects need to realize that this is a profession that has long contained an untapped potential to promote radical forms of social change.
The time has come to get our hands in the dirt of all that has been left behind by neoliberalism — it’s not about architecture, urbanism, art, or geography: destroy our centuries — old disciplinary silos, merge them in the dynamic ecological totality of civic action, into our precarious daily lives. Only then we might be able to conceive the ‘something’ after the ‘pre’ — a socially relevant, critical spatial practice. How do we begin again?
(…) [A]rchitectural thinking can contribute something invaluable to this extraordinary process by offering tangible models of possible worlds, possible forms of shelter, and possible ways of living together, to be debated in general assemblies both real and virtual.
Al Jazeera’s ‘Rebel Architecture’ to preview at the World Urban Forum
Al Jazeera’s forthcoming series ‘Rebel Architecture’ has been invited to preview two films tomorrow at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.
‘Rebel Architecture’ follows architects who have chosen to shun a ‘star-chitecture’ career, and are using their skills to design for the majority and as a form of activism and resistance.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Architecture
Breite Gasse 3
We shape architecture and in turn architecture shapes us. What I Talk About When I Talk About Architecture is a talk about this relationship. It explores how architecture is both a physical and cultural project, how it is both a fiction and a reality, an idea and a thing. Though a range of Sam’s work - architecture, design, criticism and curation - the talk will explore our relationship to architecture and architecture’s relationship to us.
Sam Jacob is an architect and critic. He was co-founder of FAT, is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Chicago, Director of Night School at the Architectural Association in London and a columnist for Dezeen and Art Review and contributing editor to Icon. He is currently co-curating the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.
Ethel Baraona Pohl
Breite Gasse 3
This talk will explore the possibilities of relational post-capitalist cities and the [lack of] money, focusing in the new ways of production and new technologies to implement small-scale designs that can be catalyst for larger-scale impact. Can innovative economic models and tools such as crowdfunding, and cryptocurrencies affect and transform the role of the architect? How can new practices deal with large uncertainties and immaterial labour translated in precarious work in new urban context? How to transform this dizzying abundance of alternative projects to provoke real structural changes?
Ethel Baraona Pohl. Critic, writer and curator. Co-founder of the independent publishing house dpr-barcelona. Her [net]work is a real hub linking several publications and actors on architecture and theory. Associate curator of Adhocracy and co-curator of the Think Space program 2013-14 on the theme of “Money”.
The key, [Alejandro] Aravena argues, is that cities, and architects, must not shy away from the stresses created by competing forces like poverty and wealth or public and private construction. Rather than argue about whether to design cities for the needs of their poorest citizens or the egos of their wealthiest, Aravena posits, the answer might be to do both.
The role of the architect as somebody who can actually conceive of alternative scenarios is critical. If we can re-imagine it as something beyond an infrastructural monoculture, we might have a very different and better outcome than what you have right now.
quoted in “Can South America China-ify its Economy Without Destroying The Amazon?”, written by Greg Lindsay for Fast-Coexist.
Making exhibitions is necessary, not only for the presentation of artworks but also as a very particular mode of rendering intellectual thinking in a creative, visual, and experiential way.
Video: Improving Reality 2013 | Keller Easterling
A lecture in the framework of The Lighthouse Arts 2013 Event.
In this lecture Keller Easterling poses the following question ‘Are cities only made by constructing buildings?’ exploring the becoming-infrastructural technology of space. She noted radical changes to the globalizing world in the language of ‘matrix space’, including massive global infrastructure systems, administered by mixtures of public and private cohorts and driven by profound irrationalities…
Source: Lighthouse Arts
Curating architecture is a way of framing cultural issues that can be discussed through the built environment. Under these terms, a good exhibition could be critical or supportive, provocative or banal in getting its message through.
Dan Handel —> Quaderns
in Aircraft Carrier. Interview with Dan Handel || Quaderns