(un)doing Architecture ?


#agency #undoing #feminisms #postdevelopment #designresearch

Following last year’s leading workshop question on (un)learning Architecture?, with a focus on the discipline and institutions of higher education, critical pedagogy and decolonising of knowledge, this year we further the discussion on questions of agency, profession and industry. We will ask what and how we and Architecture need to undo and unmake?

The workshop will provide a framework through theoretical readings, joint exercises, site visits as well as a series of contributions from international positions. We will question notions of progress, norms and forms of violence in our understanding of architectural industry, labour and material. We will investigate, apply and develop the guiding question of (un)doing and (un)making Architecture through a series of approaches to re-imagine the profession via various agencies and communities of practice.

We will focus on the pleasure of producing and sharing experiences and knowledges, drawing on feminist, post- and decolonial theory as well as concepts of critical planetary practice. The starting point are shared stories, exemplary sources and post-development discourse. The understanding of doing and undoing is further inspired by concepts such as the call to decarbonise, restitution and reparation, life-cycles and embodied energy, as well as alternative approaches to architecture practice, construction and material.

Together we will think, design and document a range of possible ways of knowing, being and designing space, drawing on the traditions of artistic and participatory action research, as situated, material and performative engagements. The aim is to equip all participants through the collective experience, critical reflection and theory in action.

Marlene Wagner practices, researches and teaches in the framework of "Social Architecture". Participation, transdisciplinarity and transformation guide her work on space and design at the intersections of theory and practice, design research, feminist and postcolonial critique. As a co-founder of the non-profit architecture practice buildCollective she realised transnational projects of educational, social and technical infrastructures and has been teaching at a number of architecture schools (Vienna University of Technology, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Art and Design Linz, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences). She designs and develops formats of learning and tools engagement and has been instrumental in the set-up of  an urban mobility lab. Besides teaching, projects, curation and cultural projects with diverse institutions and organisations Marlene is part of the Claiming*Spaces Collective at TU Wien, the international research network Decolonising Development and co-founder of the Vienna Architecture Summer School.