In our projects we extend our thoughts, observations, critiques by inviting people from other disciplines and cities to react on a specific question or topic that we have translated in various formats, such as a written paragraph, a photograph or a spatial installation. Together with other disciplines we can create a more elaborate understanding, open new perspectives and reach beyond the current notions of architecture, the built environment and public space.
At the same time, we want to involve a wider audience than the architectural community. The built environment, public space, urban transformation; it concerns everyone. Therefore we initiate round tables, workshops and organise events, that help raise awareness for specific topics, build or enforce communities and stimulate ownership and engagement.
Summer school Ticino
VISITING CRITIC AND LECTURE
We had the chance to participate in the 5th Summer School Ticino as visiting critics and to give a lecture about our projects that are related to the topic of the workshop. The workshop explored different ways to reactivate the old center of Dangio, a small village in the Valle di Blenio - the valley of the sun-. In the last years, more and more people have left the village. New architectural, social and economic strategies are needed to bring life again to the village.
Special thanks to i2a architettura, hslu architecture, Daniel Fuchs, Ludovica Molo, Mulan Sun Buschor and all the students.
PUBLIC PROGRAM WITH EXHIBITIONS, ROUND TABLES AND INVITED GUESTS FROM VARIOUS DISCIPLINES
2019 (ONE YEAR)
We have been invited for a one-year residency at Kulturfolger in Zürich during the entire year ‘19 to develop and present our project ‘EVIDENCE OF THE ABSENT’. This residency became a context for experiment, inclusive debate and critical reflection. Through eight events that combined exhibitions, round table sessions and performances by invited guests from various disciplines and cities, we presented the development of our research to a new, curious and engaged audience.
Inside the gallery we gave our thoughts and questions a physical presence, by translating them into eight distinct exhibitions/spatial installations. This made them experiencable to the audience, that thereby also experienced the space of the gallery in eight different ways. Outside we selected specific sites where we found accurate examples for further exploration, together with the invited guests, through their specific - performative - approaches.
The events started on Friday evening with a presentation of the topic, the specific questions and the exhibition/spatial installation. We followed with the performance of the invited guest and used the rest of the evening for open and informal conversations with the visitors.
The day after, on Saturday afternoon, we moderated a series of open round table sessions, in order to continue the dialogue with the community.
Special thanks to Kulturfolger Zürich, all visitors, participants in the round tables and our invited guests!
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOP WEEK, UNIVERSITY OF ANTWERP - FACULTY OF DESIGN SCIENCES
We were tutors of the Antwerp University’s International Design Workshop Week 2020, titled ‘Commons’. As part of our workshop ‘INTERCULTURAL BENCH’, a group of 17 students from various studies researched the topics and went into conversation with local residents. The week resulted in the collective construction of a 30-meter modular bench in the center of Antwerpen Luchtbal.
We went on-site with the students to physically mark the bench, it’s size, it’s length, it’s directions. The bench as a big gesture symbolises the three future connections between Luchtbal and Lambrechtshoeken from a very central and visible part in Luchtbal. A new 35 meter-long bench that rises up to accentuate these future routes. Reflective metal pipes of different heights and diameters are placed with a distance of 1,14m between axes and are slid into the ground in different depths, as a foundation. The level of the wooden coloured panels connect the cylinders in an ascending way, step by step.
Special thanks to Johan De Walsche, Marleen Goethals, Inge Somers, Jo Meers, Kristof Vaes, Nina de Jonghe, Elke Lingier, Nele Simons and all the students.
Urban transformation as event - ‘rr-dialogues’
DIGITAL ROUND TABLE AND WORKSHOPS
2018 (ONE YEAR)
We created the website ‘rr-dialogues’ as a digital round table, as part of our research project ‘URBAN TRANSFORMATION AS EVENT’ (2018), the third edition of a self-initiated project on urban transformation. We invited over thirty people from different artistic, architectural and theoretical disciplines and different cities to participate, by reacting on two briefs (’Act I’ and ‘Act II’) that we wrote about the topic.
We established various relations between the contributions: duos, groups, based on both content and approach. Throughout the year we communicated with everybody through video calls, emails and physical workshops, continuing the dialogue between us and the contributors, and connecting them with each other.
Special thanks to Alex Roidl, Pavle Stamenovic, Hannes Rutenfranz and all participants.
Along the line
WORKSHOP AND LECTURE
in collaboration with Myriam Treiber
“How to experience a line that is no longer visible?”
A three-day on-site workshop along the former shoreline of the Neuchâtel lake in Yverdon-les-Bains. Between this line and the lake we find the new waterfront territory, an unintended result of the Jura water correction. Because of the water correction, the water height of the lake decreased with 2.70m and the shoreline with 400m. This waterfront territory, in fact a place of high potential, remains a no-man's land, with a collection of unspoken buildings, blocking the routes from the city center to the lake, affecting the historical relationhip between these cities and lake.
We started with an alaysis through different historical maps that showed the lake before and after the water correction, overlapping them with the current state. The workshop was accompanied by the lecture ‘Waterfronts’, presenting similar examples from other cities in Europe, and has questioned the different attempts that have been made to restore the relationship between city and water.
The participants were given different mapping techniques and tasks in order to re-draw this line in certain moments, and to identify specific elements, interruptions, dualities,uses, traces and connections. The collection of this material opened up a discussion where participants shared their ideas about this conflictive area of the city. The discussions resulte in three installative projects that emphasize the current disconnection with the city and at the same time, propose creative solutions.
Special thanks to Association ICI and all workshop participants.
ROUND TABLE AND LECTURE
in collaboration with Myriam Treiber
In addition to the design and construction ofPAVILION LA DERIVEE in Yverdon-les-Bains, we organised a round table on collective housing and communities. We invited architect Martin Lepoutre, who just curated the exhibition “Zurich. Les coopératives réinventent le logement social” to give a lecture on the topic.
Special thanks to Association ICI and Martin Lepoutre.
©rotative studio 2020