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Društvo arhitekata Beograda - ARHIFENIKS: sposobnosti arhitekture

Društvo arhitekata Beograda

Beograd, Kneza Miloša 7a/III, tel 011/3230 059, tel-fax 011/3239 754 e-mail: office@dab.rs

ARHIFENIKS: sposobnosti arhitekture

(ARCHIPHOENIX: Faculties for Architecture)

Holandski paviljon, 11. Međunarodna izložba arhitekture u Veneciji, 2008

autori:  Ana Džokić i Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited, Rotterdam/Beograd),
Saskia van Stein (NAi - Holandski arhitektonski institut, Rotterdam)

fotografija:  STEALTH.unlimited

linkovi: http://www.facultiesforarchitecture.org/program.php

http://stealth.ultd.net/stealth/23_archiphoenix.html

 

Pored kustoskog posla, grupa autora uradila je i dizajn Holandskog paviljona - zasnovan na upotrebi drvenih paleta i 1500 sklopivih plastičnih gajbica (kasnije vraćenih u transportnu industriju). Prostor se tokom prvih šest dana programa svakodnevno menjao kako bi omogućio brojne aktivnosti (diskusije, intervjue, predavanja, radionicu) i na licu mesta proizvedene video zapise i publikaciju. Koristeći iste prostorne elemente, rezultati ovog intenzivnog procesa zatim su pretvoreni u izložbu.


ARCHIPHOENIX: Faculties for Architecture

On the invitation of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), STEALTH curated together with Saskia van Stein the Dutch Pavilion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biannual. Our response to the topic Out There: Architecture Beyond Building was triggered by the burn-down of the Faculty of Architecture in Delft (May, 2008). With ARCHIPHOENIX – FACULTIES FOR ARCHITECTURE the Dutch Pavilion was turned into a weeklong stage for research and exploration and a debate platform focusing on faculties for architecture – in the sense of its multiple capacities, powers, capabilities – beyond building.

During the Biannual opening period, the project took the opportunity to engage the vast network of architects and other professionals in a direct exchange. A group of editors took part in this collaborative effort, to produce a book made on-site. The spatial set-up for the pavilion changed on a daily basis to accommodate the line of activities and an instant video and book production unit. The results of this dense process were then turned into an exhibition remaining during the entire Biannual duration.

While on the one hand, global pressures - massive population growth, economic instabilities, limits of the resources available, just to name a few - urge architects to radically reconsider their tools, products and models of working, a growing number of practices already showcase possible directions. How could they be made to work - on a scale that answers the challenges ahead?

The project focuses on five questions to address the future of the architectural profession: WHY WE MAKE - beyond the profitable simplicity into the social sustainability, WHAT WE MAKE - beyond the artifact, HOW WE WORK - beyond the singular into the collaborative, FOR WHOM WE MAKE - beyond power to empowerment, and finally WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE (AND UN-MAKE) - beyond the sustainable: challenging the flow of resources, materials and people. These five seemingly simple, yet essential questions, if put to face challenges ahead become serious issues for discussion.

For six days, during the Biannual opening period, the project has taken the opportunity to engage the vast network of architects and other professionals present in a direct exchange either as speakers, interviewers, moderators. Participants ranged from ground breaking practices like Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Teddy Cruz, Eyal Weizman, 2012 Architects, to critical cultural observers like Lidewij Edelkoort (Design Academy Eindhoven), Allard Jolles (Dutch Government Buildings Agency), Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths, London) and Mark Wigley (Columbia University) or design experts like John Thackara (Doors of Perception) and Mels Crouwel (Benthem & Crouwel) - and many others.

To make it all happen a number of active and engaged people (Volume magazine team, Jeanne van Heeswijk/Dennis Kaspori, Miguel Robels Duran, Peter Lang, Piet Vollaard) joined in a role of editors in this collaborative effort, to produce the six publications made on-site.

STEALTH – with Saskia van Stein - also made the spatial set-up for the pavilion, which changed on a daily basis to accommodate the line of activities (a dinner, round tables, speed dates, lectures, workshop) and an on-site instantly edited video and book production unit. While the pavilion has been acting as a temporary ‘school’, the produced content aimed to become an imaginary curriculum for architecture beyond division on education and practice. The results of this dense process were then turned into an exhibition remaining during the entire Biannual duration. While all the discussions and the six publications are available at: www.facultiesforarchitecture.org.

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