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Reminder: Alumni Day 2018

Happy Easter! We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with their friends & family! With just a month to go we are getting very excited for the Alumniday and hope […]

Invitation Alumni Day 2018

Dear Alumni and (former) Explore Lab tutors, We would like to officially invite you to Alumni Day 2018! In order to organise the alumniday, a contribution of €12,50 from each […]

Announcement: Alumni day 2018

This year is a very special year for ExploreLab as we are celebrating our 25th group of explorers. This shouldn’t go by unnoticed! We would like to invite you to […]

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From the desire of the city to the city of desire: A vision for Athens

From the desire of the city to the city of desire: A vision for Athens

Lydia Polykandrioti

How does desire function as the driving force for the production of the city? Since the production of the city and its capacities affect each other in a reciprocal way, architectural practices can offer a problematised thinking on how the built environment can generate spatial preconditions for the development of individuation in both personal and social activities of the city dwellers. Athens is an example of a not pre-planned city where individual and collective desires played a crucial role in its development. What can we learn from studying the process on which a city was created extremely productively with minimum participation of architects? What kind of shift will enable the inhabitants to take part in the production of the city, in a self-sustaining system, where everyone is part of it both as producer and as a consumer? How will urban life change when the city is collectively produced?

Becoming inhabitants: construction as performative practice

Becoming inhabitants: construction as performative practice

Catherine Koekoek

Instead of using architecture to represent certain political values, like transparency or inclusiveness, I am interested in how the process of making architecture together can give people more agency over their lives and surroundings. Through constructing buildings together, we become inhabitants of the spaces in which we live. I’m focused not on what architecture is, but what it does. I analyse how existing architectural processes can inform theories about participative democracy and vice versa, connecting my backgrounds in architecture and political philosophy. I hope to participate in a participative community project to show how this could work in theory and practice.

Frozen Music Form

Frozen Music Form

Ivan TAM

A metaphysical approach looking into the quote “I call architecture frozen music” by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

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