Counter-projects in Architecture: Resistance, Struggle, and Recuperation – The University of Manchester – 28 November 2016

Counter-projects in Architecture: Resistance, Struggle, and Recuperation

Place : The University of Manchester

Date : 28 November 2016

A 1-day seminar organised by Isabelle Doucet as part of the Manchester School of Architecture year 5 workshop course called Architectural Counter-Projects: Environmental Challenges.

Day’s Program :

10.00 coffee and welcome

10.30-10.45 Introduction by Isabelle Doucet

10.45-11.30 Caroline Maniaque-Benton (Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture, Normandie)

11.30-12.15 Torsten Lange (ETH Zurich)

12.15-13.15 Lunch (provided)

13.15-14.00 Tahl Kaminer (University of Edinburgh)

14.00-14.45 Matthew Thompson (University of Liverpool)

14.45-15.00 Coffee Break

15.00-15.15 Presentation by students: Counter-Projects and Environmental Challenges

15.15-16.00 Discussion

Places are limited and registration for this event is required.

Please contact: no later than 16 November 2016

Background : This symposium is organised as a one-day event that is contextualised within the M.Arch course titled Architectural Counter-Projects, coordinated and taught by Isabelle Doucet at the Manchester School of Architecture. The term ‘counter-project’ originates in the post-1968 architectural and urban activism connected to the Reconstruction of the European City, and depicts a fascinating tool for architectural criticism and urban activism that combined the critique of an existing situation with formulating alternatives. This workshop takes the counter-project as an occasion to explore, historically and contemporary, forms of resistant architecture; of ‘acting otherwise’. The course thus sets in dialogue modes of resistance (e.g. revolutionary, countercultural, insurgent, praxis, interstitial, encounter, parasitic, inoperativity, agency) with resistant interventions (e.g. environmental counter-projects, self-build, counter-pedagogy, the (autonomous) architectural project).

The one-day symposium titled Counter-projects in Architecture: Resistance, Struggle, and Recuperation, aims to explore possible forms of resistance in architecture while also being attentive to processes of recuperation, appeasement, and co-optation to which resistant practices often fall victim (and which was also largely the destiny of those radical instances at the origins of European post-modernism). The symposium thus aims to explore the potentials and pitfalls of resistance by revisiting, through concrete cases but also conceptually, the struggles and recuperations of resistant architectures. Whilst the starting point of the symposium is the resistant roots of European post-modernism (1960s and 1970s), it will by no means be limited to this historical timeframe.

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