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Intravention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture. (Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4140-0794
Arts University Bournemouth. (Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention)
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, 1. , 293 p.
Keyword [en]
Intravention, Relational Architecture, Performativity, Aesthetics, Ethics, Critical Pedagogy
National Category
Research subject
Aesthetics; Education; Ethics; Sociology; Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80586ISBN: 978-3-88778-393-8OAI: diva2:650471
FORMAS Strong Research Environment "Architecture in Effect"
Swedish Research Council Formas

“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

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