Transitional Architectures #6: Everyday Architectures and Politics: Conflict, Ecology, Infrastructure

Everyday Architectures and Politics: Conflict, Ecology, Infrastructure

Chair of Methods and Analysis and Explore Lab invite you to participate on their sixth Transitional Architectures event and discuss about different landscapes of infrastructures influenced by warfare, ecological disasters or technological collapse.

The event will take place in the BK Expo of the Faculty.

Join us in conversation with:

Pelin Tan, sociologist. Fellow of BAK (basis for actually kunst – Utrecht, 2017 – 2018)

Host and moderator:
Armina Pilav, post-doc researcher at the Chair of Methods and Analysis


The effects of war and the negotiations of states’ borderlines are transforming our theoretical approach and spatial methodologies to construct, observe and represent infrastructures. There are not only functional thresholds of architecture but a project of instrumentalisation of a new condition that are part of geontologies of landscape and processes of re-defining biopolitics where there is no separation between elements of Life and Non-life, as proposed by cultural anthropologist Elisabeth Povinelli.

In conversation with Pelin, we are going to discuss infrastructures as a design project to perform state power and colonization, as a function to neoliberal urban-rural policies in rescaling property and lands, as a design solution to recent war migrations that introduced architectural methodologies of building the refugee camps. We will also examine infrastructures through cases of failures and processes of uneven transformations, for example in Indian cities, or interruption of infrastructural function as in the cities in wartime that brings co-existences of alternative ways of producing infrastructures.

The process becomes more important than the complete infrastructure itself where different actors such as the state, local governments, developers and citizens are negotiating and transforming landscapes of infrastructures.

About Pelin Tan:

Pelin Tan is a researcher in sociology, urbanism and architecture. Her practice is about research-based artistic and architectural pedagogy, territorial conflict, communing practices and urban justice.

Between 2013 – 2017 she worked as the vice-dean at the Architecture Faculty of Mardin Artuklu University (nomination for Mies Award 2017). In 2016 she was a Research Assoc. Prof. of Design Strategies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design. In 2011 Tan was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning, ACT Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and in 2012 research fellow of Japan Foundation – Osaka Urban Research Plaza. Tan is at the board of the pedagogical consortium on Refugee Heritage, Campus in Camps, Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp.

She is a lead author of ‘Towards an Urban Society’, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP, edited by Saskia Sassen and Edgar Pieterse, 2015–2017, Cambridge Publ. 2018). She contributed to publications on architecture, urbanism, and art such as (selection): 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015), The Silent University: Toward Transversal Pedagogy (Sternberg Press, 2016). Tan participated in many international exhibitions (selection): Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2016, Istanbul Biennale in 2007 and 2015. Tan co-directed three episodes of a film entitled ‘2084 about the future of art and society’ with artist Anton Vidokle.


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