Arts Thread

Above: 1. Creative Exchange 2020 / 2. Architects Climate Action Network / 3. Presentation area Creative Exchange 2020 / 4. pais(vi)agem / 5. Museum of Architecture and Design / 6. Critical Practice /7. Jason Rhys Parry / 8. Poetics for the Uncertain

Creative Exchange 2020 was a two-day event held February 12 & 13 at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana, located in the picturesque surroundings of the 16th century Fužine Castle. The event is the key conference for the members of the Future Architecture platform dedicated to European cultural players in architecture. ARTS THREAD's Katie Dominy was there to report.

The first day of the conference featured projects from 25 selected creatives chosen from the Future Architecture 2020 Call for Ideas applicants. The members of the platform - architecture museums, biennials, trienniales etc , are able to listen to the most progressive emerging talents with insightful new ideas around the theme of architecture, often set within a wider context. The matchingmaking element of the event allows the members to engage and collaborate with these upcoming creatives.

The projects were divided into five sections - Research, Storytelling, Architecture as cultural Production, Strategies and Practice.

RESEARCH
pais(vi)agem by pais(vi)agem from Barcelona looks at ways in which tourism can be managed effectively - bringing needed activity to depolulated rural regions, as well as controlling over activity in cities.

Creative Exchange 2020

Mapping the Margins, TiriLab



Mapping the Margins by TiriLab from Greece has researched women's co-operatives in the rural areas Northern Greece and is working to merge formal, non-formal and informal learning models, for example the Summer of Nothing ness - where artists came to the area to challenge the concept of Nothingness.



RRR Video_low from Stephanie K Lee on Vimeo.

Agro Commune by Office of Human Resources investigates how small-scale local farmers in Kenya can take and learn from the cut-flower dominated Greenhouse colonies owned by foreign corporations, in order to create ecologically sustainable models.

Also presented were 35 Meridians of Radical Rituals by Forty-Five Degrees from Berlin and Walking around the Globe by Institute for linear Research from Liechtenstein.

STORYTELLING

CREATIVE EXCHANGE 2020

The New Zealander, Doré from Future Histories, Will Jennings



Future Histories by Will Jennings from London features a series of written future histories, each from possible future worlds formed from the ongoing climate and political fights. Will spoke of the artist Gustave Doré 1870's depiction of a New Zealander visiting a future London in nostalgic ruin, as well as the work of British artist Paul Noble who is best known for his 15-year monumental drawing project, Nobson Newton, in which the artist acted as social engineer, architect, and archaeologist to produce an imaginary city that has been called an 'impassioned satire of Britain's new towns.'

Diasporic Ties by Grégoire Deberdt from Paris explores the diaspora of Prishtina, who are building homes for summer or retirement while living elsewhere in Europe. This skew of the real population of the city -1 million on paper, but actual all year round only 300,000 creates issues for the development of the city's infrastructure such as new transport, roads etc.

CREATIVE EXCHANGE 2020

Apartment Biographies, Sonja Lakić



Apartment Biographies by Sonja Lakić from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a research project on the preliferation of glazed balconies and other ways in which individuals have modified their social housing homes - illegally -in post-Yugoslav cities. Sonja visited people in their home and they spoke about their improvements and whether they cared if it was illegal or not. A thought-proving projects that questions the role of the architect - should they leave room for customisation?



neretva recordings: materiality of war and flowing memories from Matija Kralj on Vimeo.

Also presented were Poetics for the Uncertain by Constantinos Marcou from Cyprus and Drowned in Neretva River by Un-war space lab from Mostar.

ARCHITECTURE AS CULTURAL PRODUCTION

creative exchange

Biblioteca Abierta, Proyecto Colectivo



Biblioteca Abierta (Free library) by Miguel Braceli's Proyecto Colectivo from Baltimore has its roots in Venezuela. Public spaces are transformed into libraries - thousands of books (collected through open calls) are available on the floor that people can take freely. This work aims to create spaces for gather people through the exchange of books.



Architecture Backstage by Mies.TV from Vienna took us on their 9 year journey creating videos on the subject of architecture. The interviews and documentaries are shared for free online as well as at cinema screenings around the world as social events in order to bring different people and views together.

Unfolding Pavilion by D. T. Munteanu, D. T. Ferrando, S. Favargiotti from Trento shared the experience of creating low-budget but high-impact exhibitions at Venice Biennale - but outside the official schedule. From using airbnb to trade offs with the local councils to use well-regarded social housing schemes and involved the residents - the team showed us how it could be done and questions the money spent on official shows and whether the local population should be more involved.

Also presented were From dismissed building to open spaces by Amigdala from Modena and Ways of Treating Buildings In Order to See Them by Agustin Schang, Brooklyn, USA.

STRATEGIES

creative exchange 2020

Architecture of Shame



Architecture of Shame by Fabio Ciaravella, Cristina Amenta, Mimì Coviello, Clara Cibrario Assereto from Matera questions whether we can objectivley label buildings as 'shameful ' - for example in the case of Matera where the people living in the Sassi caves with many children, animals and no running water etc were forcibly moved to social housing. Now with Matera European capital of culture 2019, these same caves are now a UNESCO world heritage site and many are rented out as airbnb.



The Distributed Cooperative by TEN Studio & Alexis Kalagas from Australia has created sophisticated digital planning tools that can pinpoint small sites that are available to be built on to create mixed-use cooperative housing developments. Tested in Zurich, the project is envisioned as updated model of sustainable shared living for the human-centered ‘smart city’ of the future.



Recycling Utopia from Goda Verikaite on Vimeo.

Recycling Utopia by Goda Verikaite from Rotterdam focuses on the phenomenon of Socialist mass housing in Lithuania, which was the physical outcome of a promise to provide every Soviet family with its own apartment - 9 square metres per person. After the 1990s, the blocks still remain. What is the next step for these prefabricated house-machines?

Also presented were Learning from Films by Renzo Sgolacchia from Rotterdam and Manifesto for unexpected architectures by D. Sologuren, B. Downey from Lausanne.

PRACTICE

ACAN by Architects Climate Action Network from London. ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. ACAN’s aims:
Rapid decarbonisation of the built environment through the transformation of the regulatory, economic and cultural system in which it is made, operated and renewed. Ecological regeneration, through the immediate adoption of regenerative & ecological principles in order to promote the recovery and restoration of natural ecosystems. Cultural transformation of the profession, by challenging and redefining the value systems at the heart of the industry and its educational system. Through collective action and targeted campaigns, ACAN is working to demand, instigate and propagate the urgent transformation of the industry.

Critical Practice by Love Di Marco, Tobias Hentzer Dausgaard, Arya Arabshahi from London looks at how architects have seen the status and autonomy of the profession diminish from the 20th century to the 21st - at the table of urban policy-making and design, their voices seem to be less significant in the chain of decision making today. A call to redefine the future role of the architect: rethinking clients, forms of alliance and affording risk.



Collective Intelligence in City Design by CIVIS from Cambridge USA is an open-source citizen engagement platform for the practise of architecture. Piloted in Ang Sila in Thailand, a vacant spot close to a tourist area, the platform allows citizens to make comments and suggestions as to the space's uses before it is built.

Also presented was An Anticipatory Theory of Ruin Ecology by Jason Rhys Parry from Indiana.

Onwards to Day 2!

Find out more on Creative Exchange 2020 from the Future Architecture website.

Image credits: Creative Exchange 2020 Photography Iztok Dimc/MAO

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Above: 1. Creative Exchange 2020 / 2. Architects Climate Action Network / 3. Presentation area Creative Exchange 2020 / 4. pais(vi)agem / 5. Museum of Architecture and Design / 6. Critical Practice /7. Jason Rhys Parry / 8. Poetics for the Uncertain

Creative Exchange 2020 was a two-day event held February 12 & 13 at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana, located in the picturesque surroundings of the 16th century Fužine Castle. The event is the key conference for the members of the Future Architecture platform dedicated to European cultural players in architecture. ARTS THREAD's Katie Dominy was there to report.

The first day of the conference featured projects from 25 selected creatives chosen from the Future Architecture 2020 Call for Ideas applicants. The members of the platform - architecture museums, biennials, trienniales etc , are able to listen to the most progressive emerging talents with insightful new ideas around the theme of architecture, often set within a wider context. The matchingmaking element of the event allows the members to engage and collaborate with these upcoming creatives.

The projects were divided into five sections - Research, Storytelling, Architecture as cultural Production, Strategies and Practice.

RESEARCH
pais(vi)agem by pais(vi)agem from Barcelona looks at ways in which tourism can be managed effectively - bringing needed activity to depolulated rural regions, as well as controlling over activity in cities.

Creative Exchange 2020

Mapping the Margins, TiriLab



Mapping the Margins by TiriLab from Greece has researched women's co-operatives in the rural areas Northern Greece and is working to merge formal, non-formal and informal learning models, for example the Summer of Nothing ness - where artists came to the area to challenge the concept of Nothingness.



RRR Video_low from Stephanie K Lee on Vimeo.

Agro Commune by Office of Human Resources investigates how small-scale local farmers in Kenya can take and learn from the cut-flower dominated Greenhouse colonies owned by foreign corporations, in order to create ecologically sustainable models.

Also presented were 35 Meridians of Radical Rituals by Forty-Five Degrees from Berlin and Walking around the Globe by Institute for linear Research from Liechtenstein.

STORYTELLING

CREATIVE EXCHANGE 2020

The New Zealander, Doré from Future Histories, Will Jennings



Future Histories by Will Jennings from London features a series of written future histories, each from possible future worlds formed from the ongoing climate and political fights. Will spoke of the artist Gustave Doré 1870's depiction of a New Zealander visiting a future London in nostalgic ruin, as well as the work of British artist Paul Noble who is best known for his 15-year monumental drawing project, Nobson Newton, in which the artist acted as social engineer, architect, and archaeologist to produce an imaginary city that has been called an 'impassioned satire of Britain's new towns.'

Diasporic Ties by Grégoire Deberdt from Paris explores the diaspora of Prishtina, who are building homes for summer or retirement while living elsewhere in Europe. This skew of the real population of the city -1 million on paper, but actual all year round only 300,000 creates issues for the development of the city's infrastructure such as new transport, roads etc.

CREATIVE EXCHANGE 2020

Apartment Biographies, Sonja Lakić



Apartment Biographies by Sonja Lakić from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a research project on the preliferation of glazed balconies and other ways in which individuals have modified their social housing homes - illegally -in post-Yugoslav cities. Sonja visited people in their home and they spoke about their improvements and whether they cared if it was illegal or not. A thought-proving projects that questions the role of the architect - should they leave room for customisation?



neretva recordings: materiality of war and flowing memories from Matija Kralj on Vimeo.

Also presented were Poetics for the Uncertain by Constantinos Marcou from Cyprus and Drowned in Neretva River by Un-war space lab from Mostar.

ARCHITECTURE AS CULTURAL PRODUCTION

creative exchange

Biblioteca Abierta, Proyecto Colectivo



Biblioteca Abierta (Free library) by Miguel Braceli's Proyecto Colectivo from Baltimore has its roots in Venezuela. Public spaces are transformed into libraries - thousands of books (collected through open calls) are available on the floor that people can take freely. This work aims to create spaces for gather people through the exchange of books.



Architecture Backstage by Mies.TV from Vienna took us on their 9 year journey creating videos on the subject of architecture. The interviews and documentaries are shared for free online as well as at cinema screenings around the world as social events in order to bring different people and views together.

Unfolding Pavilion by D. T. Munteanu, D. T. Ferrando, S. Favargiotti from Trento shared the experience of creating low-budget but high-impact exhibitions at Venice Biennale - but outside the official schedule. From using airbnb to trade offs with the local councils to use well-regarded social housing schemes and involved the residents - the team showed us how it could be done and questions the money spent on official shows and whether the local population should be more involved.

Also presented were From dismissed building to open spaces by Amigdala from Modena and Ways of Treating Buildings In Order to See Them by Agustin Schang, Brooklyn, USA.

STRATEGIES

creative exchange 2020

Architecture of Shame



Architecture of Shame by Fabio Ciaravella, Cristina Amenta, Mimì Coviello, Clara Cibrario Assereto from Matera questions whether we can objectivley label buildings as 'shameful ' - for example in the case of Matera where the people living in the Sassi caves with many children, animals and no running water etc were forcibly moved to social housing. Now with Matera European capital of culture 2019, these same caves are now a UNESCO world heritage site and many are rented out as airbnb.



The Distributed Cooperative by TEN Studio & Alexis Kalagas from Australia has created sophisticated digital planning tools that can pinpoint small sites that are available to be built on to create mixed-use cooperative housing developments. Tested in Zurich, the project is envisioned as updated model of sustainable shared living for the human-centered ‘smart city’ of the future.



Recycling Utopia from Goda Verikaite on Vimeo.

Recycling Utopia by Goda Verikaite from Rotterdam focuses on the phenomenon of Socialist mass housing in Lithuania, which was the physical outcome of a promise to provide every Soviet family with its own apartment - 9 square metres per person. After the 1990s, the blocks still remain. What is the next step for these prefabricated house-machines?

Also presented were Learning from Films by Renzo Sgolacchia from Rotterdam and Manifesto for unexpected architectures by D. Sologuren, B. Downey from Lausanne.

PRACTICE

ACAN by Architects Climate Action Network from London. ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. ACAN’s aims:
Rapid decarbonisation of the built environment through the transformation of the regulatory, economic and cultural system in which it is made, operated and renewed. Ecological regeneration, through the immediate adoption of regenerative & ecological principles in order to promote the recovery and restoration of natural ecosystems. Cultural transformation of the profession, by challenging and redefining the value systems at the heart of the industry and its educational system. Through collective action and targeted campaigns, ACAN is working to demand, instigate and propagate the urgent transformation of the industry.

Critical Practice by Love Di Marco, Tobias Hentzer Dausgaard, Arya Arabshahi from London looks at how architects have seen the status and autonomy of the profession diminish from the 20th century to the 21st - at the table of urban policy-making and design, their voices seem to be less significant in the chain of decision making today. A call to redefine the future role of the architect: rethinking clients, forms of alliance and affording risk.



Collective Intelligence in City Design by CIVIS from Cambridge USA is an open-source citizen engagement platform for the practise of architecture. Piloted in Ang Sila in Thailand, a vacant spot close to a tourist area, the platform allows citizens to make comments and suggestions as to the space's uses before it is built.

Also presented was An Anticipatory Theory of Ruin Ecology by Jason Rhys Parry from Indiana.

Onwards to Day 2!

Find out more on Creative Exchange 2020 from the Future Architecture website.

Image credits: Creative Exchange 2020 Photography Iztok Dimc/MAO

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July 18th, 2022
Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
Interior Design, GDGS Student Q&As
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 

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August 2nd, 2022
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