Intervening the Urban Void (2004)
Part 1: Architecture As Analyses
In Architecture as Analyses we examined the political implications of built environments and engaged with approaches that create new potential for the usage of urban structures.
Alon Levin is a graphic designer living and working in Amsterdam. Though trained as a graphic designer, even when commissioned, he sees his role as that of a “parasite” with a self-reflective, often cynical, attitude toward existing systems. He presented and spoke about various projects, such as the questionnaire ‘The average pie’ for graphic design as analysis and intervention in space.
Nilguen Serbest is an architecture student at the TU Berlin. Inspired by the thought of a ‘Mitfahrzentrale’, where a person places an advert to be taken somewhere by someone who is going there anyway and has an empty seat in the car, Nilguen Serbest developed a web-based structure to assist the sharing of knowledge and information on issues from financing and self organization to the positioning of one’s work and the search for collaborators. In Intervening the Urban Void, she started her swap-project in the physical realm of the project-space. Unfortunately, this project was not realised.
Malkit Shoshan is an architect from Israel. Both the past and future can be constructed or destroyed, literally, through what we choose to build, protect and create in the physical world. No more so than in the Middle East, where the Israeli and Palestinian conflict is acted out through the architecture and physical planning on the land. Behind the seemingly down to earth work of Israeli spatial planners lies a reality which is actively reshaping the land into a divided state. While for Israeli towns and villages a future is constructed, the so-called ‘unrecognized Arab villages’ remain blank areas on planners drawings, or are literally wiped off the map. A territorial battle is now being fought with spatial planners tools. Shoshan founded FAST, the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory, to challenge the ethnocratic planning system in Israel.
2012 Architekten – Usually, the architect’s building materials are selected from a manufacturer’s catalogue. And in certain cases, specific demands sometimes lead to the production of new materials. Designing and building with available waste-materials requires an innovative and fundamentally different design approach. What resources does the area offer? What is cheap, available in bulk, and nearby? Such questions bring about unforeseen design solutions. The result is comparable to traditional regional houses in the sense that they were red because the locally sourced clay was red. But it doesn’t need to look so plain. Recyclicity is an attempt to reverse architectural concepts, to move toward an economic way of building that saves energy, transportation and costs through the recycling of useful resources.
Buro MA.AN brings art, architecture and urban planning together. Martijn Boelhouwers and Andre van der Eijk offer solutions for art in public spaces, giving legal and architectonical advice, developing public artworks and exhibitions. In addition to these applied works, Buro MA.AN has become a specialist on the laws and limitations governing public space. Infused with an idealistic view on society, they develop City Manuals which research the spatial, cultural and social implications of regulations in society and their representation in public space. The manuals list and comment on the (im)possibilities of city life. Buro MA.AN spoke about regulated public space.