The Double Life of Architecture

Date & Time

Thursday, July 1 | 13:30-14:50 CEST, 07:30-08:50 EDT, 21:30-22:50 AEST
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Description

Architecture in its practice and outcome are layered in communicative possibilities and meaning making. It’s an elemental media that stimulates, interacts and relates in and between the spaces of different social systems and stakeholders. Completed buildings and environments often hold the privileged position as the final and tangible products which make known the architects contribution to society. Practices of architecture: sketching, rendering, photography, building however often go unnoticed outside the autonomy of an architectural system. The relationship between architecture, society and other stakeholders therefore lead to a communicative double life within discourses; on one hand buildings and environments communicate and intervene in communication systems outside the autonomy of architecture; on the other hand they become points of critical reference or examples within the discourse of architecture. In this symposium the team that are involved aim to unpack these architectural discourses, social systems, and value assignments.

In this live-cast symposium, Stan Majoor, Pinar Şefkatli, and Tim Verlaan come together in a round-table discussion with Jeroen Boomgaard as moderator, to contemplate the practices and discourses of architecture and its surrounding social impacts (as something more than the design of a final construction); architecture as an autonomous system layered in its communicative possibilities. Together with Tim Verlaan, René Boer and Harko van den Hende who will zoom in  from afar at site-specific architectural spots in Amsterdam (Zeeburgereiland, Nieuwmarkt, Bijlmerbajes) and open up room for discussion to engage with outsider perspectives and possibilities that move beyond traditional architectural practices and discourses.  


This event is following on from the earlier Art & City thematic line (https://arias.amsterdam/thematic-lines-2016-2019/) which departs from the idea of the city as a site of research, and aims to platform the two-year Contemporary Commoning (https://arias.amsterdam/contemporary-commoning/) research project that investigates the many ways in which ‘commoning’ can contribute to new forms of public space and public action (in both physical and digital realms). ARIAS (https://arias.amsterdam/) is a platform for collaborative research through scientific and artistic practices. Its foundational drive is to nurture a diverse and sustainable research ecology among the institutions and organisations of education and knowledge in Amsterdam. The platform forwards research on the intersection of the sciences, arts, and other practice-based disciplines. This is the agenda ARIAS articulates and acts upon as mediator and generator in between five knowledge institutions for academic and higher education that founded the platform in 2016: University of Amsterdam (UvA), VU Amsterdam (VU), Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) / Sandberg Instituut (SI), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK).

 

Organizers 

Organized by ARIAS

 

More information & Contact

Manager:                jeroen.boomgaard@rietveldacademie.nl      +31 6 47426303
Programmer:          ektor.ntourakos@arias.amsterdam              +31 6 24206609
Communicator:       katie.clarke@arias.amsterdam                    +31 6 24156965

Pinar Şefkatli

Pinar Şefkatli

Architect and PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam

René Boer

René Boer

Queer organizer, researcher and critic with a focus on spatial justice, urban imaginations and radical heritage, based between Amsterdam and Cairo. He is organizer at Failed Architecture, part of the Non-fiction collective and involved in various urban social movements.

Tim Verlaan

Tim Verlaan

Assistant professor in Urban History at the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History

Stan Majoor

Stan Majoor

Professor in Coordination of Urban Issues and director of the Centre of Expertise Urban Governance and Social Innovation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

George Mazari

George Mazari

George Mazari is an artist who is currently studying at the Studio for Immediate Spaces, Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam

Harko van den Hende

Harko van den Hende

Harko van den Hende is a programme manager at the Centre of Expertise Urban Governance & Social Innovation and since 2018 involved in the Healthy Urban Living Lab Bajeskwartier

Ektor Ntourakos

Ektor Ntourakos

Ektor Ntourakos is a visual artist and urban geographer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Jeroen Boomgaard

Jeroen Boomgaard

Jeroen Boomgaard is Professor of Art&Public Space at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He is a member of the Stadscuratorium of the city of Amsterdam and of the city of Leiden