Temporary Utopia

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Temporary Utopia

Assemble (GB) & Stavros Stavrides (GR)

How can a broader understanding of the public realm transcend the scope of architecture?

What do collectivity and communality mean in and for the city today? Can a broader understanding of public space as “commons” expand the scope of urbanism and imagine new ways to practice architecture? How can these new practices express, encourage, and exemplify new forms of social relations and shared experiences? Can temporary interventions and participatory processes serve as a structural strategy?

Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work. Assemble were the 2015 recipient of the Turner prize, the most prestigious art prize in the UK. 

Stavros Stavrides is an architect and activist, and associate professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens in Greece, where he teaches a graduate course on social housing, as well as a postgraduate course on the meaning of metropolitan experience. He has published extensively on spatial theory. One of his most recent books is entitled Common Space (2016). It offers an insightful study into the links between space and social relations, revealing the hidden emancipatory potential within our urban worlds.

6 TOPIA: Conversations on Utopia and the Real

Six conversations confront utopian fictions on the city with their real-life counterparts. Whereas Thomas More used the fictive island of Utopia to hold up a mirror to the society of the time, the series re-engages with utopian thinking on architecture and the city from the point of view of its different incarnations and apparitions in reality. This takes place in the actuality of late capitalism in which representation and reality intersect and coincide. How can future scenarios for architecture and the city be truly radical and tangible in the current moment, where ideas, concepts and imageries have become commodities rather than catalysts for real societal change?

CURATORs Czvek Rigby & Natural Born Architects | ORGANISATION Stad en Architectuur vzw
partners stuk kunstencentrum, asro ku leuven, existenz | steun stad leuven, provincie vlaams-brabant, vlaamse overheid | sponsoring febelcem, vandersanden group, a+ architectuur in belgië, nav

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