Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Call for Papers: Failed Architecture Workshop in Budapest

Date: November 14-17, 2013 
Location: Kossuth Lajos utca 14-16. 
The workshop is held in English 

Failed Architecture aims to open up perspectives on urban failure and dubious architecture, from what it’s perceived to be, what is actually happening and how it’s represented to the public. FA believes that there is a demand for more holistic, 360-degree observations that lay bare the downsides of urban development and architecture instead of just looking at the physical results produced by architects. Next to an ongoing online exploration and live lectures and debates, FA conducts research workshops on site. These have been carried out in a variety of cities, amongst which Berlin, Nottingham, Sofia, Tallinn, Porto, Copenhagen and Belgrade. 

The aim of the workshop is to understand the context and path-dependency of a particular building, neighbourhood or urban phenomenon, which is considered to be problematic. Together with a group of participants, FA performs a multiple-day research that breaks down the history of the specific case. By analyzing different layers that influence it – the built environment, the social context, the economics, the reputation and the politics – a physical timeline is created. The timeline shows the history of the case from various, interconnected angles. 

The participants conduct the research with FA’s guidance, the input of local experts and their own investigations. This includes lectures, desk and archival research, interviews and field analysis. The timeline is the basis for further discussion about the challenges and constraints, but most of all the potential of the alleged problem. 

In Budapest, the Failed Architecture Workshop will address the Skála Metró building and its environment at Nyugati Square. The building, once the most modern department store of the city, has been witnessing the transformation of commerce and shopping habits, the changing significance of neighborhoods, the decline of building technologies and types. The workshop inaugurates the 6-month series organized by Lakatlan Budapest (KÉK) presenting Dutch approaches to Vacancy. 


For participants until October 31, 2013 

Would you like to participate at the Budapest edition of Failed Architecture’s traveling workshop? We’re looking for designers, activist, researchers and students in relevant fields engaged with the questions of the built environment (architecture, urbanism, design, art, sociology, economy, psychology, media, etc.) to join the 4-day international workshop. 

Subscription until October 31, 2013 with CV at lakatlan@kek.org.hu and by filling the registration form

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