Infrastructures as a Tool to Rethink the City

The design studio “maib24 2018-2019” tutored by Cecilia Chiappini focuses on the value of infrastructures as tools to explore the city, as they tend to gather qualities that give space to manifestations of urbanity and collectivity, emergent appropriations and unexpected processes. The aim is to explore those qualities and to use them in design, as developing alternative urban models that questions the dialects between technical and social assemblages.

During an intensive research-design studio, students will discuss conceptual issues, develop and test explorative tools to address the topic, especially looking at “spatial configurations, marks of human presence and voices” around infrastructures;1 deploying a “learning from…” approach. The students will produce an architectural-urban design-case based on their enquiries on a specific location. Based on their explorations on-site, they will define the users and programmes, areas and scope of intervention. Infrastructures as urban spaces at different scales are to be at the core of the proposals. This semester’s site is the transformation process of Glories Square in Barcelona, Spain. The students will go on a trip to the city during the first weeks of the semester and will develop their research and design cases at the campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels during the entire semester.

1. As developed in close relation with the tutor’s PhD-research on Infrastructures under Transformation as Spaces of Collectivities”
2. Inspired by Learning from Las Vegas and Made in Tokyo. See References.

Infrastructures as a Tool to Explore the City
The design studio “maib14 2018-2019” tutored by Cecilia Chiappini focuses on the value of infrastruc- tures as tools to explore the city, as they tend to gather qualities that give space to manifestations of urban- ity and collectivity, emergent appropriations and unexpected processes. The aim is to explore those quali- ties and to use them in design, as developing alternative urban models that questions the dialects between technical and a social assemblages.
During an intensive research-design studio, students will discuss conceptual issues, develop and test ex- plorative tools to address the topic, especially looking at “spatial configurations, marks of human presence and voices” around infrastructures;1 deploying a “learning from…” approach.2 The students will produce an architectural-urban design-case based on their enquiries on a specific location. Based on their explora- tions on-site, they will define the users and programmes, areas and scope of intervention. Infrastructures as urban spaces at different scales are to be at the core of the proposals. This semester’s site is the network of highways known as “The Round”, around Barcelona, Spain, particularly focusing on the North-East Ac- cess. The students will go on a trip to the city during the first weeks of the semester, and will develop their research and design cases at the campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels during the entire semester. During the trip, students will participate at the workshop on The Rounds, a major academic event.
1. As developed in close relation with the tutor’s PhD-research on Infrastructures under Transformation as Spaces of Collectivities”
2. Inspired by Learning from Las Vegas and Made in Tokyo. See References.

[AVDAK]

NL
Zoals de naam van het AOB suggereert, wil het architectuur als kunstvorm verkennen, door mechanismes uit de kunst te identificeren, te benoemen en te contextualiseren en in te zetten voor het begrijpen, ontwerpen en maken van tentoonstellingsarchitectuur voor kunst. Het is een ontwerpmatig onderzoek gericht op het ontwikkelen, expliciteren en bevragen van architecturale ontwerpstrategieën vanuit het overlappende veld tussen kunst en architectuur; een veld dat aanwezig gesteld wordt door het ontwerp en de realisatie van een ruimtelijke ‘display’. Cureren – gezien als de ruimtelijke distributie van argumenten en een discours – wordt hierbij ingezet als een educatief en onderzoeksmatig middel tot generen en overbrengen van zowel beeldende als discursieve kennis over de persoonlijke relatie met architectuur.
Het academisch ontwerpbureau AVDAK wil èn de praktijk èn het onderwijs èn onderzoek van cureren als leervorm consolideren en verder ontwikkelen. Naast deze ontwerpstudio in de masters, organiseert AVDAK ook The/Le/Het Salon, een elective op masterniveau in semester 2.

EN
The Academic Design Office ‘Architecture for, through and as Art’ aims to explore architecture as an art form, through identifying, naming and contextualizing mechanisms from art and using them to understand, design and create exhibition architecture for art. It is a design driven research that focusses on the development, articulation and evaluation of architectural design strategies in the overlapping field between art and architecture. Curating – defined as ‘conceiving a discourse as a spatial distribution of arguments’ – is used as an educational and research tool for generating and conveying both visual and discursive knowledge about one’s personal relationship with architecture.