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Political imagination and the city

Processes and collective practices in architecture and design

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DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE
Project FONDECYT 11140560

“Imagination, deliberation and decision in the making of public spaces. A study of participatory design theories and methods from the perspectives of agonism and design thinking”

Political imagination and the city

Processes and collective practices in architecture and design

During the last decade, the issue of citizen participation has become a key feature of political discussion and public opinion in Chile and elsewhere. New social and political movements emerge and protest in public spaces to demand changes in such varied themes as constitutional arrangements, democracy and human rights, public education and health, environmental issues or the control of corporate power over citizens and political authorities.

Both this local condition and the global context of a growing concern about participatory processes from architects, designers, advocacy and grassroots organizations, raise an interest to discuss the relations between architecture, design, the city and the political from new views.

This conference aims to frame new discussions on these matters, besides and beyond well-known ties between architecture, design, power and bureaucracy or the struggles for the right to the city or housing. Our goal is to go further and deeper into the political rationales within project processes, and to visualize the extents to which design thinking may contribute to different approaches to the problems of the city, dealing both with imagination and political elements.

In summary, we want to address the question of how do we politically imagine the city?, understanding it as a departure point of a reflection about opening architecture and design to social processes and a common thinking about possible futures.

The conference aims to gather perspectives and thought on the relationship between architecture, design, the city and the political, emphasizing how current processes of production of the city may enable the formation of citizen organizations and subjectivities; how the imagination and the political relate to each other in practices and discourses; and which conception, representation and organization resources are used by individuals and collectives to imagine the city.

Sessions

There will be three thematic sessions of presentations. The thematic sessions are developed under the concepts of Imaginaries, Procedures and Assemblages.

Imaginaries addresses political, urban, architectural and design theories related to participation and relations between citizens and processes.

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Procedures will primarily address design methodologies and the ways in which theoretical discussions become concrete design interactions with communities and within them.

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Discusses political processes related to the city and the formation of subjectivities and organizations around urban change.

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Imaginaries

Discusses political, urban, architectural and related to participation and the relationship between citizenship and design processes design theories.

Procedures

It mainly addressed design methodologies and the ways in which theoretical discussions become concrete design interactions with communities and within them.

Ensambles

He discussed political processes related to the city and the formation of subjectivities and organizations around urban change.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Exponent

Henry Sanoff

Architect | Teacher

Exponent

Alice Edgerley

Architect

PROGRAM

Day 1: Thursday, July 7th

Internacional Conference Political Imagination and the City

9:00 HRS

Opening

9:30 HRS

Imaginaries, session 1

Mansoor Ahmed, Urban Myths and Development of National Space.

C. Itez, Resistance of Imagination by the New Generation.

Nicolás Valenzuela, The Future Hangs from a Cable: Thinking Sovereignty and Citizenry through Aerial Tramway Projects in Medellín, La Paz and Santiago Sevgi Türkkan, The "Anti-architect": a Phantasy or a Probability.

11:15 HRS

Imaginaries, session 2

Xenia Kokoula, Political Imagination and the City in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark Federica Andreoni, Minhocão.

One Object, Many Landscapes Víctor Micoud and Josefina Jaureguiberry, The Ideal City: Public-Private Partnerships in City Planning.

12:30 HRS

Procedures, session 1

Saba Golchehr and Pablo Calderón, Do citizens dream of a control room?.

Imagining an alternative ‘smart city’.

María Cecilia Zapata, Participatory Design Processes in Social Housing Autogestion Experiences in Argentina.

Carolina Carrasco, Collective Urban Design Strategies.

15:00 HRS

Imaginaries, session 3

Cristián Robertson, Criteria for a Transformative Participation.

Rodrigo Mora, Margarita Greene and Carlo Alarcón, Place at the Neighborhood Scale: An Analysis of the Quiero mi Barrio Program in Quilpué, Chile.

Consuelo Banda and Felipe Arenas, Play and Collaboration. Design of participation in the construction of public space.

16:30 HRS

Imaginaries, session 4

Joaquín Zerené, Political Techno-imagination or the politics of simple things.

Daniel Jasper, Nostalgic For The Future: Critical Design And The Struggle For Dystopia.

Tatjana Schneider, Translating change.

18:30 HRS

Keynote

Alice Edgerley, Assemble Studio (UK).

Day 2: Friday, July 8th

Internacional Conference Political Imagination and the City

9:00 HRS

Opening

9:30 HRS

Procedures, session 2

Almudena Cano, Design beyond participation in London Robert Newcombe and Soledad Díaz, A Language for Communicating Your Built Environment.

Steven McCarthy, Wee Go Library.

David Maulen, Sociology of symbolic production. A Methodological Proposal for the Study of Project-bound Disciplines.

11:15 HRS

Assemblages, session 1

Eser Yagci, Squats of Istanbul as Appropriated Space.

Simón Fiqué and Lorena Rubiano, Citizen Participation in the Construction of Bogotá’s Public Space.

Noheir Elgendy, A Window: Reflections on Post-Revolutionary Participatory Practices in Egypt, 2011-2015.

12:30 HRS

Assemblages, session 2

Valentina Franco and Diana Rincón, Territorial Management Figures: Productive Gardens in the Urban-Rural Fringe of Medellín.

Caroline Stamm, What do Conflicts Produce? A Study of Mobilizations Against Two Urban Highway Projects in Santiago.

Marcela López, Antonio Cárdenas and Luis González, Creating Participation Links: The Colón Garden in San Luis Potosí.

17:00 HRS

Exchanges, open session.

Free dialog and networking between speakers and assistants from academia, the public sector and grassroots organizations.

18:30 HRS

Keynote Henry Sanoff

Henry Sanoff, Emeritus Professor, North Carolina State University.

The conference will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) of the University of Chile. Founded in 1946, MAC is the first and most important museum devoted to contemporary art in the country. Its location in the middle of the Parque Forestal in downtown Santiago makes it a great place for the conference, with easy access from the Bellas Artes (Line 5) subway station.

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