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Praxis Communis:

The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

 

Lecture Tom Avermaete | 21.11.2016 | 19h | Location today: M13

As fields with the power to alter people's cities and neighborhoods - and indeed therefore their lives – architecture and urbanism are often conceived as controversial disciplines. Citizens have learned to be suspicious of any plans for development in places they care about, often turning architecture and urbanism into villains to be fought.

Architectural and urban design practice has seen important experiments, which have understood the project no longer as an exclusively professional matter but rather as a case of ‘commoning’ between different urban actors. Projects such as the NDSM wharf and De Ceuvel in Amsterdam, Luchtsingel in Rotterdam, Prinsessinnengarten in Berlin, and the Yale Building Project in New Haven, have called into question the character of the architectural project by emphasizing co-production in development and realization.

In such projects, the praxis of the architect is increasingly linked to the multiple actions of other actors: emphasis is placed on the co-productive nature of the enterprise.

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Praxis Communis:

The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

Tom Avermaete | Lecture Series 2016|17

The urban territory, the knowledge and skills of citizens are understood as immanent sources that are unlocked, activated and managed. Are the impulses we detect in these projects the prefiguration of a new interpretation of the architectural project for the city as a common practice?

Constructing the Commons: Another Approach to Architecture and the City
 | Winterterm 2016|17
Tom Avermaete | Endowed Professorship for Research in Visionary Cities

The endowed professorship (Endowed chair “City Culture and Open Space“) 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.

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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