JUST CITY :: GABU Heindl // Interdisciplinary Compact City Workshop 02JUST CITY :: GABU Heindl // Interdisciplinary Compact City Workshop 02



04. 04. 2011 – 09. 04. 2011
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The invitation to the exhibition “Compact City” poses many questions, one of which this workhop wants to explore in more detail: Can the Compact City be a “JUST CITY”? (Gabu Heindl)



04. 04. 2011 – 09. 04. 2011
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The invitation to the exhibition “Compact City” poses many questions, one of which this workhop wants to explore in more detail: Can the Compact City be a “JUST CITY”? (Gabu Heindl)

Within a compact city a lot of space needs to be shared – a condition which by definition is predestined to conflict. Such a notion of shared urbanity starts out from an understanding of city space as distributed in ways that are unstable, dynamic and conflictual; the logics of the sharing are always open to question and to change.

“Social space is produced and structured by conflicts. With this recognition, a democratic spatial politics begins” (Rosalyn Deutsche, 1996)

Based on this notion of democratic spatial politics, the workshop “JUST CITY” aims at mapping and looking at conflictual spaces in Brno.
The double meaning of “just” in the workshop title is consciously chosen: When or where is the Compact City “just”, meaning “fair”? Or: what if a compact city is “just” another city, which could be fair or unfair any moment. The question at stake here is specifically what role the spatial, architectonic quality of the urban space plays?

Within a compact city a lot of space needs to be shared – a condition which by definition is predestined to conflict. Such a notion of shared urbanity starts out from an understanding of city space as distributed in ways that are unstable, dynamic and conflictual; the logics of the sharing are always open to question and to change.

“Social space is produced and structured by conflicts. With this recognition, a democratic spatial politics begins” (Rosalyn Deutsche, 1996)

Based on this notion of democratic spatial politics, the workshop “JUST CITY” aims at mapping and looking at conflictual spaces in Brno.
The double meaning of “just” in the workshop title is consciously chosen: When or where is the Compact City “just”, meaning “fair”? Or: what if a compact city is “just” another city, which could be fair or unfair any moment. The question at stake here is specifically what role the spatial, architectonic quality of the urban space plays?




START of WORKSHOP:
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Monday, 04.04.,17:30
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4AM Gallery of Architecture, Starobrněnská 18, 602 00 Brno, CZ


SESSION 1 > looking for the JUST CITY

To begin with we will map compact urban moments in Brno and discuss them in terms of “just space” and “unjust space”.

We will try to map in a non-preconceptualized way existing spaces and ways of sharing space including human and non-human agents, including their inherent conflicts, rhythms and temporal parameters.
Elements of the maps should be size, proportion, material of spaces, usages, agents, spatial demands, spatial and temporal overlaps, ownership and usership structures as well as discrepancies, political definitions and regulations of spaces.
These compact/conflictual spaces can be new city developments (which cause existing structures to be destroyed), large housing projects, flat-sharing communities, communal gardens, local neighborhoods, car sharing parking lots, but also a moment of a flash-mob claiming the street.


SESSION 2 > testing the JUST CITY

We will collectively choose some of the proposed areas and go to understand the spatial condition on site.

The artistic tools to stimulate the research and change points of view (to outsmart one´s own preconceptions of urbanity) are spatial experiments and relational cartography / mapping, which both become agents themselves due to the play of contingencies inherent to them.
Rather than approaching space quantitatively, assigning appropriate parts of space as a scarce resource, just and democratic modes of urban sharing are emphasized by looking at what is enabling, empowering and unforeseeable.


SESSION 3 > deeper understanding the JUST CITY

We will discuss why we think of spaces as just / unjust / social / democratic

Our understanding of the specific spaces which become part of our mapping should be questioned for economic, ecological, political, urban, social background information “Who is involved?”, “What is the legal basis?”, “How has it come this way?”, etc.


SESSIONS 4 and 5 > JUST CITY and the gallery

Since the collective goal is to bring the notions of JUST CITY into the exhibition “Compact City”, we face a twofold challenge:

First is to define a strategy of how to represent or make visible parts of the JUST CITY or conflictual space in the white cube.
Secondly we need to define the level of conflict at which we want to engage with the other exhibitors, with whom we have to share the compact exhibition space of 4AM.


OPENING
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GABU HEINDL: JUST CITY
As part of COMPACT CITY
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SATURDAY, April 9, 2011
Time: 18:00
Place: Gallery of Architecture, Starobrněnská 18, Brno
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Lecture about the project JUST CITY by GABU Heindl
Discussion with all workshop participants
with guest lecturer Peter Rezek
with the curators of the exhibition and visitors of the opening
with snacks and drinks


Contact for registration:
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4AM Forum for architecture and media
forum4am@gmail.com
www.forum4am.cz


Contact person:
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Jakub Kopec
tel. +420 732 619 909


START of WORKSHOP:
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Monday, 04.04.,17:30
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4AM Gallery of Architecture, Starobrněnská 18, 602 00 Brno, CZ


SESSION 1 > looking for the JUST CITY

To begin with we will map compact urban moments in Brno and discuss them in terms of “just space” and “unjust space”.

We will try to map in a non-preconceptualized way existing spaces and ways of sharing space including human and non-human agents, including their inherent conflicts, rhythms and temporal parameters.
Elements of the maps should be size, proportion, material of spaces, usages, agents, spatial demands, spatial and temporal overlaps, ownership and usership structures as well as discrepancies, political definitions and regulations of spaces.
These compact/conflictual spaces can be new city developments (which cause existing structures to be destroyed), large housing projects, flat-sharing communities, communal gardens, local neighborhoods, car sharing parking lots, but also a moment of a flash-mob claiming the street.


SESSION 2 > testing the JUST CITY

We will collectively choose some of the proposed areas and go to understand the spatial condition on site.

The artistic tools to stimulate the research and change points of view (to outsmart one´s own preconceptions of urbanity) are spatial experiments and relational cartography / mapping, which both become agents themselves due to the play of contingencies inherent to them.
Rather than approaching space quantitatively, assigning appropriate parts of space as a scarce resource, just and democratic modes of urban sharing are emphasized by looking at what is enabling, empowering and unforeseeable.


SESSION 3 > deeper understanding the JUST CITY

We will discuss why we think of spaces as just / unjust / social / democratic

Our understanding of the specific spaces which become part of our mapping should be questioned for economic, ecological, political, urban, social background information “Who is involved?”, “What is the legal basis?”, “How has it come this way?”, etc.


SESSIONS 4 and 5 > JUST CITY and the gallery

Since the collective goal is to bring the notions of JUST CITY into the exhibition “Compact City”, we face a twofold challenge:

First is to define a strategy of how to represent or make visible parts of the JUST CITY or conflictual space in the white cube.
Secondly we need to define the level of conflict at which we want to engage with the other exhibitors, with whom we have to share the compact exhibition space of 4AM.


OPENING
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GABU HEINDL: JUST CITY
As part of COMPACT CITY
////////////////////////////////////////
SATURDAY, April 9, 2011
Time: 18:00
Place: Gallery of Architecture, Starobrněnská 18, Brno
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Lecture about the project JUST CITY by GABU Heindl
Discussion with all workshop participants
with guest lecturer Peter Rezek
with the curators of the exhibition and visitors of the opening
with snacks and drinks


Contact for registration:
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4AM Forum for architecture and media
forum4am@gmail.com
www.forum4am.cz


Contact person:
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Jakub Kopec
tel. +420 732 619 909