Debate Zilele Arhitecturii, 16th June 2013
Crossing borders for a ‘common good’? / Depasind limitele pentru un ‘bine comun’?
Modernist tradition told us that architecture can save the world. In the words of Le Corbusier himself: “Architecture or Revolution. Revolution can be avoided”. Later on, during the 60s, architecture was criticised due to its obsession of control, and over-determination of people’s lives. The social role of architecture was put in peril, and the social role of the architect has been diminished. DIY actions, participatory architecture in which the architect’s role has been at best marginal and in which the layman’s expertise was enshrined, have taken over the the discourse of the social role of architecture. Architecture, as profession, has lost its social role. Today we are witnessing another revival of the social role of the architect and architecture. City mine(d), collectif etc., studioBasar and undaverde are part of this revival. We will try to find out directly from them:
– is architecture still unable to work towards the ‘common good’? what does the collaborative practice with other professions (crossing the border) bring to the social role of architectural interventions?
– how do we define the ‘common good’? how important is ideology in these kind of practices?
– what is the recipe of success for collaborative practices? How do they achieve trust, reciprocity with the other actors and users?
Participants: Cristi Borcan (studioBasar); Jim Segers (city mine(d)); Klaus Birthler (unda verde); Emmanuelle Guyard, Maxence Bohn (collectif etc.)
Moderator: Dragos Dascalu