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The Architecture of the Commons:

A New Path of Contemporary Logos and Praxis

Lecture Tom Avermaete | 09.01.2017

Although many architects and urban designers still base their work on traditional modi operandi, some others are beginning to form collectives, exchange labor and create new forms of practice based on transversal methodologies. Developments such as the Occupy movements and the trans-local solidarity networks are opening new paths of design.

In this last lecture we will explore recent attempts to articulate an architecture of the commons in contemporary architectural and urban projects. Our focus will be on these projects that entail and activate the various aspects of the commons, as discussed in the previous lectures. We will be looking upon the discourses, but also the methods and tools that contemporary architectural and urban practices use to articulate an architecture of the commons.  We will investigate if the commons has the potential to provide a conceptual framework and to suggest an approach that offers the possibility of a more inclusive and equitable form of city-making.

This lecture will argue that the city can be understood as the ultimate common: a collective social, cultural and material construct that is composed by and for its inhabitants.

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The Architecture of the Commons:

A New Path of Contemporary Logos and Praxis

Tom Avermaete | Lecture Series 2016|17

It will probe into questions as: Can we in future regard the interventions of architects and urban designers as the unlocking and management of important communal sources? Based on the notions that have been explored previously, it aims to construct a new understanding of architectural and urban design as an intervention upon and along the lines of common resources. Engagement with collective knowledge and practices are part of such an architectural approach.

Constructing the Commons: Another Approach to Architecture and the City
 | Tom Avermaete | Endowed Professorship for Research in Visionary Cities

The endowed professorship financed by the City of Vienna, was installed in 2015 within the study programs of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. It has the objective to artistically, radically and poetically bring forward the debate on the city and architecture. The object of study is the city. The teaching and research beholden with the endowed professorship focuses on the formulation of radical and visionary concepts regarding urban space. A further goal is to intensify the exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer between the city of Vienna and the Institute for Art and Architecture.

 

Constructing the Commons:

Another Approach to Architecture and the City

Tom Avermaete | Endowed Professorship for Research in Visionary Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2016|17

This series is composed of five complementary lectures that together aim to outline an architectural understanding of the character, role and operations of the commons:

1. The Commons and its Tragedy: Introducing a Notion
2. Lex Communis: The Commonality of the Discipline and the Discipline of the Common Place
3. Praxis Communis: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
4. Res Communis: Common-Pool Resources in Architecture and Urban Design
5. The Architecture of the Commons: A New Path of Contemporary Logos and Praxis