Hacking Urban Furniture // Auftakt-Konferenz im ZK/U

07.04. – 08.04.2017 ZK/U Berlin Moabit   Bei der Konferenz gibt es einen workshop von mir, hier die offizielle Ankündigung für die ganze Veranstaltung: Bushaltestellen, City-Toiletten, Bänke, Mülleimer, Infoboards… Stadtmöblierung in Kombination mit Außenwerbung bestimmt seit ca. 30 Jahren die Grammatik unserer Städte. Das Projekt “Hacking Urban Furniture” will dieses den öffentlichen Raum unserer Städte bestimmende Geschäftsfeld untersuchen: Wie können so prominente öffentliche Objekte in Zeiten von Private Public Partnerships (PPP), bürgerlichen Begehren nach mehr Teilhabe, neuen Produktionstechniken und ökonomischen Optimierungsfantasien anders gestaltet, produziert, gepflegt und ökonomisch nachhaltig betrieben werden? Wie können Beteiligungsprozesse aussehen, die prototypisch für den Umgang mit öffentlichen Raum sind?

vor 2 Jahren

Corporate urban furniture, space, and money. A sketch for an artistic research project

In lieu with the Hacking Urban Furniture Project, I will hold a workshop at the upcoming symposion XXX 7./8. of April at ZK/U. Introduction The basic idea of the project is a Marx-inspired exploration of the economic logic of corporate urban furniture with a focus on exploring it’s spatial patterns. It’s not about a rigid application of the Marxian technical apparatus, but, as a start, about embracing his critical perspective on economic patterns. The first step in Marx‘ critique of political economy was a sorrow historical analysis of how economic surplus is generated: in order to be able to critique economic inequality one has first to understand the regime of…

vor 2 Jahren

Corporate urban furniture, space, and money

Artistic research for the project Hacking Urban Furniture at ZK/U, Berlin-Moabit The basic idea is a Marx-inspired socio-economic analysis of spatial patterns of corporate urban furniture; albeit in a more empirico-practical or artistic research way. The idea is to try to break down the financial figures of corporate urban furniture to the single instances of the street furniture typology in Berlin. This could be pursued either through a systematic top-down theoretical approach or by something like a ‚financial biography‘ of single urban furniture pieces in a bottom-up fashion. The aim of the research is to think about a way – theoretically and artistically – to attach appropriate ‚price-tags‘ on the…

vor 2 Jahren

Visual rhetorics of the smart city

  The concept of ‚making the city smart‘ is propelled ceaslessly in the media, and sometimes even heralded as the ultimate salvation of virtually all urban problems. Under the framework of the CyberParks projekt (COST action TU1306) Catarina Patrício Leitao PhD is joining me at the faculty of architectural theory at TU-Berlin to conduct a short term scientific mission (STSM). During her stay she will research the implications Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have on the procuction und appropriation of urban public spaces, and particularly one emblematic concept: the smart city. Even though  the concept has gotten quasi-omnipresent lately, it is charged with varied and often also conflicting connotations and…

vor 3 Jahren
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Urban grassroot projects — Flussbad Berlin

This course is conceived as examination of the Flussbad project in Berlin. For details of the project see: http://www.flussbad-berlin.de/en/ We will analyse the context of the project in theoretical and historical perspective, split up into research task groups, collect empirical data, and produce collective micro contributions for the project. Besides and in addition to our academic perspective on the project, we have the opportunity to get to know the team behind the project and participate in the actual planning process. The original announcement of the summerschool can be found here: https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/summer_university/summer_schools/grass_roots_urban_design_projects_flussbad_berlin/parameter/en/

vor 3 Jahren

Cyberparks: workshop Barcelona

  End of November the Cyberparks research group held it’s third meeting at the Department de Geografia at Universitat Autonoma in Barcelona. It was a fruitfull meeting, the organizers managed very well to combine a dense schedule with a tentative exploration of the city. The app with which we intend to research the influence of digital media on urban spaces has made big leaps forward, we were already able to use it for the exploration of two case study areas in Barcelona. The conceptual reflection-group in which I work has further refined it’s research objectives and it’s collaboration with the other working groups. The analysis of  the relation of digital…

vor 4 Jahren

Plötzlich am Meer

Für das Festival in Polen habe ich dieses Jahr den Lageplan gezeichnet. War wieder ein großer Spaß da..^^ Team: Miodrag Nerandzic, Jennifer Kuhl, Tobi

vor 4 Jahren

Cyberparks: workshop Lisboa

I am part of working group 3 ‚conceptual analysis‘ of the european research network Cyberparks. The research project investigates the influence and the entanglement of the proliferation of information and communications technology (ICT) and public spaces, chaired by Carlos Smaniotto Costa from Portugal. My working group, led by Michiel de Lange, is concerned with the construction and provision of a fluid, common terminology within the project. Not as some prescriptive ‚guardians of language‘, but as curious philosophic therapists in the sense of the later Wittgenstein, we try to compile the central concepts that develop in the course of the project, aiming at a fluid, constructive understanding between the different participants and…

vor 5 Jahren

Briquettherstellung aus Paranussschalen in Amazonien

Forschungsprojekt mit Workshop, mit Sabine Schulz Blank und Wolfgang Ramisch, Projektwebsite (english/portugês) hier. Der Workshop fand am 27. und 28. November in einer Halle der Exportadora Florenzano statt. Die Exportadora Florenzano ist eine Fabrik, in der die im Dschungel gesammelten Paranüsse verarbeitet werden. Die Firma ist Teil des Forschungsnetzwerks NoPa Puxirum. Paranüsse wachsen im amazonischen Regenwald. Sie werden ausschließlich wild gesammelt, da die Bäume nur in ihren Ökosystemen (castanhals) im Regenwald wachsen. Deshalb ist es schwer, sie für Plantagen zu kultivieren. Das Energy and Nuclear Research Institute in São Paolo hat in einer Analyse gezeigt, dass ungefähr eine Paranuss zu ungefähr 35% aus Lignin besteht; betrachtet man nur die Außenschale,…

vor 5 Jahren

k67_Urban Router

  The k67_Urban Router is a project initiated in collaboration with ParaArtFormations (Miodrag Kuc). It is a mobile plattform for urban investigations and actions, based on an upgraded Yugo kiosk from the 70ies. The k67 has its own WLAN-Intranet which is open, i.e. publicly accessible on the site.

vor 6 Jahren