THE CITY AS A SPHERE FOR ACTION 2/2
«Build City | Experimental Building»
Friday, July 25 | 9 a.m.
Osthang campus: hall
with transparadiso (Wien), ConstructLab (Paris, Berlin), Marjetica Potrč (Ljubljana/Berlin), Martin Kaltwasser (Berlin), orizzontale (Rom), Erlend Blakstad Haffner (Oslo), Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokio), Studio Umschichten (Stuttgart) & Christian Holl (Stuttgart)
More and more groups of young architects work not only as designers in their offices, but also build prototypes and parts of their interior designs and buildings. In these projects, planning, researching, participating, designing and debating are combined into an 1:1 experiment, which offers abundance and an enormous amount of freedom that usually gets lost in conventional planning structures and building processes.
To be present – on location – and to be able to react to existing or developing social and architectural conditions is a component of their work. Participation and building in temporary communities creates the foundation for a new a culture of planning. The architects and planners also find themselves in the role of mediators between the various local interest groups and between levels of urban planning. Their presence on location can reveal potential, move processes along and realize appropriation activities. Empty buildings, urban wasteland and dead traffic nodes become nodes of action.
With the symposium at the end of our Summer School the recently completed Osthang campus will be placed in a larger context. The ‘functional change’ of public space has evolved a key issue in architecture and urban planning discourses over the past 20 years. Therefore all citizens of Darmstadt – along with the participants of Summer School and international experts – are invited to discuss the potentials of public spaces and to talk about alternative, experimental planning and building methods.
The topics of the two day symposium are divided into two ‘dimensions’: Thursday 24th will give an idea of developments on an urban scale, Friday 25th will focus on the alternative practices and actors behind the 1:1 experimental building projects.
The symposium is in English, accessible to the public and free of charge. Please register at
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PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM FRIDAY | JULY, 25
moderation: Jan Liesegang, Christian Holl and Inari Virkkala
‘graphic documentation’: Thomas Rustemeyer
» 9 a.m. coffee | exploration Osthang
» 9:30 a.m. reflection on the first symposium day with Jan Liesegang, Christian Holl, Kerstin Schultz
» 10 a.m. Studio Umschichten (Stuttgart): How to structure a collective design process? Can we also precycle ideas?
» 10:20 a.m. Marjetica Potrč (Ljubljana/Berlin): What are the tools for social empowerment? Can the small scale projects we work on really catalyst change?
» 11:20 a.m. ConstructLab (Paris, Berlin): Open design? How can we incorporate the experience you made in your design and build practice into the everyday planning procedures? What is the real impact of self built urbanism?
» 1 p.m. lunch break
» 2 p.m. orizzontale (Rom): Building the public sphere. What are the impacts of our small-scale projects towards the everyday life of our cities? How to react to the social layers of the built enviroment?
» 2:20 p.m. Erlend Blakstad Haffner (Oslo)
» 3:20 p.m. Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokio): What does ‘Behaviorology’ mean as a concept for urban development? Do we have to teach the people how to use the spaces we design? Direct urbanism in practice. Is direct urbanism a tool for better cities?
» 3:40 p.m. transparadiso (Wien)
» 4 p.m. report from the ‘protocol’ team
» 5 p.m. Osthang Project opening
with musicians of Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch, Standing Dinner and talks by Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokio), Cornelia Zuschke (Darmstadt) & Karsten Wiegand (Darmstadt)
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