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Altés Arlandis, A., Garriga, J. & Taylor, J. (2015). Common Life: LiAi research Report 2014-2015. Umeå: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University
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2015 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Common Life is the theme of the third term of the MA programme at the "Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention", taught at Umeå School of Architecture. The main course in the term is called "Architectural Intervention, Realization and Consequences" and it aims at enabling the students to adopt a more reflective approach after their first year, in order to start developing a position as architects and as researchers. The semester is also a transition towards the final term in which students are to develop their Master's Theses. This publication gathers the results of a collective effort to carry out a research assignment that is conceived to prepare the students for some of the challenges they will have to face in order to complete those theses. 

The course focuses on architecture's ability to provide, through its transformative power, conditions of 'possibility' for the sharing of various spaces, times, processes and other things. Producing uncertainties, contingent relationships and unexpected effects can help define more positive value systems than that of the building-as-consumable-object. We understand the building as a relational object within a complex meshwork of other things, people and technologies, and we explore the notion of architecture-as-an-emergent-'gift': a relational practice that enables encounter(s), and affords the sharing of moments, conversations and, why not, lives. Inhabiting the spaces, discourses and events of this common life, we try to develop a faithful and true care for the situations we are enmeshed in, and perhaps discover ways to displace what is, in order to 'architect' what could be and what ought to be. 

Homes are very close to us, we inhabit them with our bodies, emotions and thoughts, we make them and they make us. How much are we ready to share of our lives? What can we obtain from sharing? What can we share? Are there degrees of sharing? What is our role as architects and the role of architecture in affording such 'sharings'?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University, 2015. p. 155
Keywords
Common Life, Experimental Housing, Dwelling, Urban Development, Umeå
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108509 (URN)978-91-980683-0-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-09-12 Created: 2015-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Altés Arlandis, A. & Garriga, J. (2015). Introduction: Common Life at the LiAi. In: Alberto Altés, Josep Garriga, Joshua Taylor (Ed.), Common Life: LiAi Research Report 2014-2015 (pp. 4-5). Umeå: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Common Life at the LiAi
2015 (English)In: Common Life: LiAi Research Report 2014-2015 / [ed] Alberto Altés, Josep Garriga, Joshua Taylor, Umeå: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University , 2015, p. 4-5Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There are various forms of collective housing that propose and rehearse many different forms of sharing functions, spaces and other "things". Social and public housing usually encourage one or other form of sharing in search of affordability. Experiences of cooperative building often include shared facilities and spaces, some times shared activities. Student housing, women dormitories, workers dormitories, elderly homes, asylum homes, camps, monasteries, schools and other situations and forms of habitation offer multiple examples of diverse degrees and ways of sharing "things" through and in architecture. Multi-family dwelling, co-housing and many self-built initiatives and developments involve various degrees of shared and common spaces, often aiming at encouraging encounter, social exchange and collaboration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University, 2015
Keywords
Common Life, LiAi, Experimental Housing, Dwelling, Artistic Research
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108510 (URN)978-91-980683-0-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-09-12 Created: 2015-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Altes Arlandis, A. & Lieberman, O. (2015). Matters of Care and Responsibility:: Curiosity-Driven Worlding Practices at the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention. Nordic - Journal of Architecture, 5(4), 98-101
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matters of Care and Responsibility:: Curiosity-Driven Worlding Practices at the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention
2015 (English)In: Nordic - Journal of Architecture, ISSN 2244-968X, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 98-101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Through the performative, we shift our attention from what a thing looks like to what a thing does, and from objects and artefacts to ‘movements’ as well as to the effects of our practices and actions in life. This transformational ‘mode’ echoes the notion of worlding – with its accompanying history of ‘indefinition’ and indetermination as well as its clear co-responsive engagement in the making of the world – and locates us in the realm of ‘situatedness’, or inside phenomena. We are within, and active parts of, specific situations that we encounter in relationship to a series of concerns, things that really matter and that have to do with the ongoing becoming of the world. Becoming inside these situations requires a certain fidelity, a certain willingness to stay and to endure; a caring in duration. In this duration it is both possible and necessary to develop situated knowledges, which emerge as ‘ways-of-doing-and-making’ from our engagement in worlding practices, practices which are also, for that reason, learning experiences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Arkitektens Forslag/The Danish Architectural Press, 2015
Keywords
matters of care, wordling, architectural intervention, intravention
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106642 (URN)
Available from: 2015-07-26 Created: 2015-07-26 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Lieberman, O. & Altes Arlandis, A. (2015). Performative Intraventions and Matters of Care: Choreographing Values. In: : . Paper presented at Transvaluation: Making the World Matter, Gothenburg, 21-22 May (pp. 1-25).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performative Intraventions and Matters of Care: Choreographing Values
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Thinking through choreography as dance/writing – both the doing and the score for that doing, the event and the discourse - we propose to shif the focus of architectural practices and pedagogies from an emphasis in the attainment of competencies and static knowledge, to a privileging of processes and modalities of learning that nurture the values of engagement, empowerment and caring responsibility. Choreography situates our work in the realm of performative action and transformation, and it does so with and through our bodies; also, it helps us frame the power of our intraventions, which aim at transforming the world through immediate, responsible and often fragile acts of engagement with matter, movement and life.

Keywords
Intraventions, Matters of Care, choreography, architectural pedagogy, modalities of learning
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108512 (URN)
Conference
Transvaluation: Making the World Matter, Gothenburg, 21-22 May
Available from: 2015-09-12 Created: 2015-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Altes Arlandis, A. & Garriga, J. (2015). Technologies of Experience and Intravention: A Floating, Silent Room. In: : . Paper presented at ASA15 - Symbiotic anthropologies: theoretical commensalities and methodological mutualisms. University of Exeter. 2015, 13-16 April. University of Exeter, Exeter, UK: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Technologies of Experience and Intravention: A Floating, Silent Room
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper aims at thinking through the collaborative process of conceiving and making an ‘impossible’ room inside Umeå School of Architecture: a small, more intimate, warm and silent space – a room that floats in the air – thought as an alternative to the excessively open, cold and loud spaces of the building. The room is at the same time a u-topian space and a practice of world transformation: an impossible room in relation to the difficulties of its materialization and to its performance as a critique of the discursive, regulatory and regulated space of the university; and an act of construction that operates not only through material re-arrangements and the physical transformation of the spaces of the school but also with important effects regarding symbolic capitals, relational ecologies, the lives of those involved, shared responsibilities and the establishment of the common.

Exploring this ‘something common’ involves developing alternative value systems in order to document and judge the effects of the ‘intravention’ both in the spaces of the school and in the times, academic experiences and, particularly, the lives of the actors involved in or affected by the project.

We will be using two other transversal notions along that of intravention: the idea of technologies of experience will help us think through and develop ways of affording spatial experiences instead of looking at technology as an isolated, autonomous construct; and the idea of collaborative affordance, suggesting that straightforward, uncomplicated solutions enable an experience of participation/contribution that can yield effects in terms of the responsibility, care and fidelity to the things built by those involved in its design and construction.

We believe architecture must move away from divisions between theory and practice - or thinking and making - and incorporate also affective and non-representational dimensions to the task of ‘architecting’ the world. This can happen through the production and invention of new ways of thinking/making/feeling – or caring – transversally and inseparably based on the specific conditions of a situation, privileging an open-ended, processual and experience-based way of knowing and being in the world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Exeter, Exeter, UK: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, 2015
Keywords
Architectural Technology, Experience, Intravention, Affordance, Collaborative Practices
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108515 (URN)
Conference
ASA15 - Symbiotic anthropologies: theoretical commensalities and methodological mutualisms. University of Exeter. 2015, 13-16 April
Projects
Architecture in the Making: Architecture as Making Discipline and Material Practice
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2015-09-13 Created: 2015-09-13 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Altes Arlandis, A. & Garriga, J. (2015). Technologies of Experience and Intravention: an Impossibly Floating Silent Room. In: : . Paper presented at Transvaluation: Making the World Matter. MIT Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Technologies of Experience and Intravention: an Impossibly Floating Silent Room
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In relationship with the proposed dimensions of ‘worlding’ and ‘u-topos’, the paper aims at thinking through the collaborative process of conceiving and making an ‘impossible’ room inside Umeå School of Architecture: a small, more intimate, warm and silent space – a room that floats in the air – thought as an alternative to the excessively open, cold and loud spaces of the building.

The room is at the same time a u-topian space and a practice of world transformation: an impossible room in relation to the difficulties of its materialization and to its performance as a critique of the discursive, regulatory and regulated space of the university; and an act of construction that operates not only through material re-arrangements and the physical transformation of the spaces of the school but also with important effects regarding symbolic capitals, relational ecologies, the lives of those involved, shared responsibilities and the establishment of the common.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MIT Press, 2015
Keywords
Intravention, Architectural Technology, Transvaluation, Worlding, Affordance, Collaborative Practices, Experience
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108511 (URN)
Conference
Transvaluation: Making the World Matter
Available from: 2015-09-12 Created: 2015-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Berggren, K. & Altés Arlandis, A. (2013). From Berlin to the polar circle: a conversation with Francesco Apuzzo and Axel Timm from Raumlabor (1ed.). In: Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman (Ed.), Intravention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures (pp. 46-63). Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Berlin to the polar circle: a conversation with Francesco Apuzzo and Axel Timm from Raumlabor
2013 (English)In: Intravention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures / [ed] Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman, Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag , 2013, 1, p. 46-63Chapter in book (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Raumlabor, or ‘space laboratory’, is a collective of 8 trained architects based in Berlin (Germany), that work in the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention. They have been exploring alternative and playful modes of architectural production since 1999 when they started working together, usually proposing temporary projects that transform the urban landscape through what they call ‘urban prototypes’. Their works include the temporary transformation of the metro station Eichbaum (Essen/Mülheim, Germany) into an opera house, the temporary Officina Roma entirely built out of trash for the RE-cycle exhibition at the MAXXI museum, and the mobile building laboratory ‘The Generator’ that welcomes the public to interact around the construction of modular furniture. 

During the autumn semester of the 2011-2012 academic year, we invited Axel and Francesco from raumlabor to come to the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention for a week to develop a collaborative workshop aimed at designing and building “something” that could be placed in public space as an intervention.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag, 2013 Edition: 1
Keywords
intervention, critical spatial practice, relational architecture, public space, raumlabor
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Aesthetics; Education; Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80636 (URN)978-3-88778-393-8 (ISBN)
Projects
Formas Strong Research Environment "Architecture in Effect"
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2013-09-22 Created: 2013-09-22 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Altés Arlandis, A. & Lieberman, O. (2013). Immediate architectural interventions, durations and effects: apparatuses, things and people in the making of the city and the world (1ed.). In: Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman (Ed.), Intervention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures (pp. 28-45). Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Immediate architectural interventions, durations and effects: apparatuses, things and people in the making of the city and the world
2013 (English)In: Intervention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures / [ed] Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman, Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag , 2013, 1, p. 28-45Chapter in book (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

We begin setting out our thoughts on immediate architectural interventions with a couple of considerations. One of them addresses the architectural profession’s progressive disconnection from the social, from the political, from history, from the local, from ethics, from the body, from the ‘discipline’ itself. A whole generation of architects has abandoned the design of coexistence - undoubtedly one of the main tasks of architecture – in order to embrace, on the one hand, the serial fabrication of what we see as anti-architectures that repeat types, materials and structural systems on the basis of a pragmatic and productive juxtaposition of normative restrictions and the interests of bankers, investors, and developers; and on the other hand, the production of ‘stunning’ unique prototypes of image-architecture that satisfy the ill, self-worshipping yearnings of architects mired in the ceaseless luxury of formal exploration for the sake of form. We are critical of what is being embraced and of the practices that perpetuate disconnection from lived lives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag, 2013 Edition: 1
Keywords
urban interventions, duration, effects, things, materialism, relational architecture, public space
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Aesthetics; Cultural Anthropology; Education; Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80977 (URN)978-3-88778-393-8 (ISBN)
Projects
Formas Strong Research Environment "Architecture in Effect"
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2013-09-29 Created: 2013-09-29 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Altés Arlandis, A. & Lieberman, O. (2013). Interventions, durations, effects: architecting the city and the world. In: Johan Verbeke and Burak Pak (Ed.), Knowing (by) Designing: . Paper presented at Knowing (by) Designing (pp. 614-621). Ghent/Brussels: LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent/Brussels and KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Interventions, durations, effects: architecting the city and the world
2013 (English)In: Knowing (by) Designing / [ed] Johan Verbeke and Burak Pak, Ghent/Brussels: LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent/Brussels and KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture , 2013, p. 614-621Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We define architecture not as an ‘it’ but as a process, or an apparatus; in our sense, architecture is a verb: to architect. Rather than refer to the (paradoxical) limiting of intervention’s in-between, we posit a new concept: intravention. Intra’s focus on the ‘within’ establishes intraventions as already a part of the spaces and times in which they are ‘intravening’.We find this a very productive notion, one which is useful in defining the (makeshift) edges of specific situations with which we engage; it helps us negotiate the expanse of the relational meshwork of material, sensory and discursive flows, and allows us to start ‘doing/making’ immediately. When we ‘intravene’, we cut within the site we inhabit to conceive and construct it. It also speaks about intentionality: one decides what the intravention includes or excludes. It is therefore an intensely political act, as well as an aesthetic one. We will discuss the notion of intravention in relationship to its ability to interfere with the complex making of the city and the world, articulating, detonating, and re-articulating relations, actions and intra-actions between various things, apparatuses, people, ANTs, spiders and, very possibly, sugar dispensers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ghent/Brussels: LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent/Brussels and KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, 2013
Keywords
Architectural Intervention, duration, effects, agency, public space, things.
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-74475 (URN)9789081323864 (ISBN)
Conference
Knowing (by) Designing
Available from: 2013-06-29 Created: 2013-06-29 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Altés Arlandis, A. & Lieberman, O. (2013). Intravention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures (1ed.). Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intravention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures
2013 (English)Book (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This book is a carefully edited collection of work and research produced at the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention, Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå (Sweden), from July 2011 to July 2013. It includes short texts, architectural manifestos, research papers, interviews, conversations, and a reflective journey through the work produced at the laboratory. It is also a compilation of fragile and hesitant voices and experiments, tests and discussions, in and around what one could provisionally call, in lack of a better name, relational architecture. And as you will see later, I believe that fragility and hesitation are necessary qualities of our work and our relentless moving and wayfaring. 

It is organized in three parts: in the first one, after the foreword, the laboratory and some of its actions, reflections and proposals are presented and discussed from our point of view, from the inside. In addition to our own texts, this section includes reflections by Peter Kjaer and Roemer van Toorn, as well as an interview with Francesco Apuzzo and Axel Timm from ‘raumlabor berlin’ with whom we have developed a very interesting and fruitful relationship. The second part, ‘sites, agencies, matters of concern’, offers an overview of the work produced at the laboratory through graphic material (pictures and drawings) accompanied by a reflective discussion of the work and its relationships with what we have called, after Latour, our matters of concern. The third part shifts outwards and gathers contributions by some of the external guests whose committed participation we have had the pleasure of enjoying at some point during these years. Although related to our interests and positions, these contributions are those of ‘outsiders’ and therefore capable of enriching and expanding our range of questions and discussions in diverse and unexpected ways. This part includes texts by Susan Kelly, Javier Rodrigo, Antonio Collados, Aida Sánchez de Serdio and Per Nilsson. 

The book ends with a text on the notions of ‘sharing, displacing and caring’, that initiates an exploration of what I think is a much needed - and anarchic - ethics of encounter and contribution, while sketching some of the questions, fields and lines along which I hope to continue moving forward in discussion, research and action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag, 2013. p. 293 Edition: 1
Keywords
Intravention, Relational Architecture, Performativity, Aesthetics, Ethics, Critical Pedagogy
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Aesthetics; Education; Ethics; Sociology; Theoretical Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80586 (URN)978-3-88778-393-8 (ISBN)
Projects
FORMAS Strong Research Environment "Architecture in Effect"
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Note

“As a discipline and practice, architecture needs periodic infusions of wit, generous acts of criticism, and intelligent reformulations of precepts. Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman have edited just such a volume and then some. The conceptual grounding for ‘immediate interventions‘ is matched by an attention to formal qualities, social agendas, and political implications of design, evident in this richly illustrated book. A range of authors offer formulations of a new agency for architecture, its students, its practitioners, and its publics. Intravention… fundamentally reshapes our ideas about environmental experience.“Dr Dana Cuff, Director, cityLAB / Professor, Architecture and UrbanDesign, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA

“The work of Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Interventions occupies a particular place within the newly created niche of temporary and mobile architecture in contemporary practice in Europe. Beyond the similarities they might share with other contemporary projects, these architectural interventions remind us of the theoretical sophistication of the architectural machines of John Hejduk or Daniel Libeskind in the 1980s, to which they add new urban and civic functions: they are not kept in museums and institutions anymore as objects of contemplation but are brought out to intravene, to mediate encounters, situations, relations in the city.

These indeterminate spatial entities, both objects and spaces, pieces of urban furniture and small architectures, show what happens when the intra, the inter, the in-between become the very site of architecture: a disposition for relationality is created. Paradoxically, this mobile architecture invites us to slow down and take time to engage with things, spaces and people.  

This experiment-experience is even more important when it is framed within an educational programme that promotes active and transformative pedagogy.  It points toward a future with optimism and care.

I recommend this book to all those interested in the immediate possibilities of architecture.”

Doina PetrescuProfessor of Architecture and Design Activism, University of Sheffield; atelier d'architecture autogéréé (aaa), Paris

“This book is the first major publication to come out of the LiAi research group at the School of Architecture in Umeå, and it captures the energy and timeliness of this important new network of theorists, practitioners and researchers.”Jon Goodbun, University of Westminster"Intravention, Durations, Effects explores key issues of alternative spatial practice in relationship with social change, as well as the consequences of critical pedagogy in architecture. This contribution to the notion of the role of architecture and urban planning in contemporary society made by Alberto Altes and Oren Lieberman is an extremely energizing injection of critical thinking and projective ideas straight into the heart of the stereotypic debate about architectural sustainable production today. The need for a sensitive approach to social, political, and ethical issues has probably never been as urgent as it is right now in architectural theory and practice. A timely mobilizing call."Ana Betancour, Director Master's in Architecture and Urban Design, Professor Architectural and Urban Design, Chalmers School of Architecture, Chalmers Institute of Technology

Available from: 2013-09-22 Created: 2013-09-22 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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