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Open this publication in new window or tab >>Common Life: LiAi research Report 2014-2015
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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
diva2:853287
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
diva2:853288
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
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