Τρίτη, 18 Μαρτίου 2014

The Athens Manifesto: Critical Thinking on the Contemporary Metropolis


































The ATHENS MANIFESTO: Critical Thinking on the Contemporary Metropolis 
Theory Workshop, Athens - April, 12-18@ Ctrl_Space Lab

Based on Constantinos Doxiadis' five analytical elements, a series of links adding value to the system's multiplicity are being suggested in order to address the contemporary metropolis' dynamics. This initial diagramme is expected to work as a platform for hidden aspects and connections and will eventually be reformulated following contributors' studies in order to manifest a collective holistic approach.

Δευτέρα, 10 Μαρτίου 2014

Theory Workshop Findings Publication









The Athens Manifesto: Critical Thinking on the Contemporary Metropolis Theory Workshop will be channeling its collective findings at the CUI '14 Contemporary Urban Issues International Conference in Istanbul, November 13-15, 2014.


This year, the conference agenda focuses on the issue of Informality by situating it on an interdisciplinary agenda combining political, ecologican, sociological and cultural aspects of the point in an attempt to enrich our current methods and understanding of the urban condition. 

Ctrl_Space Lab will take this opportunity in order to highlight the three following points: 1. We need to build a more holistic interdsciplinary as well as radical understanding of the contemporary city. 2. This is the point where the genre of the Manifesto may contribute a sort of statement which combines action and collective performance with critical thought. 3. This is also a way to allow new collectivities which will problematise not just architecture as a discipline, but also their own role as conscious social actors. We are looking forward to the informal collectivity that will be formed in the workshop and the contribution of all colleagues who have already demonstrated their keen interest and a wide spectrum of ideas.

For more info on the conference, please look at:
http://www.cuiconference.org/



Theory Workshop, April 12-18 Brief




THE ATHENS MANIFESTO
Critical Thinking 
on the Contemporary Metropolis

Course Brief Outline



Saturday, April 12th
Registration, Introductory Lectures & Discussion, Work Appointment

09:30'-10:00': 
10:00'-12:00':
Registration
Lecture 1: The Architectural Manifesto Now!
12:00'-14:00': 

Lecture 2: Theorising the City, Doxiadis's Theoretical Network as a Tool
14:30'-16:00': 

Lecture 3: Quadrotopia, Methodology & Context
16:00'-18:00':

Lecture 4: Sources, Content & Form


Sunday, April 13th
Individual Study: Theory and Context.

10:00'-12:00': 

Individual work and tutoring-monitoring of progress.

Participants are asked to prepare a 500-800 words short essay and a conceptual diagramme presenting the key ideas steaming out of the allocated primary sources (general theory and architecture) while highlighting the possibilities for a manifesto.
12:00'-14:00': 

14:30'-16:00': 

16:00'-18:00':



Monday, April 14th
1st Group Presentation: Theory and Context
Lecture & Discussion
10:00'-12:00': 

1st Group Presentation: Theory and Context
10 min. presentations and 10 min. discussion following each one of them.
First phase overall assessment.
12:00'-14:00': 

14:30'-16:00': 

Lecture 4: U/DYS/EU/A-TOPIAS: mapping & representations
16:00'-18:00':

Lecture 5: History & Genealogy of Athens Evolution: from the micro to the macro-perspective and backwards.


Tuesday, April 15th
Individual Study: The Athens Manifesto.
Video & Discussion

10:00'-12:00': 

Individual work and tutoring.
Following the work conducted in the first phase, participants are asked to prepare a textual+iconographic manifesto operating both as a poetic and a critical apparatus on the body of the Athenian Metropolis.
12:00'-14:00': 

14:30'-16:00': 

Video & Discussion:
Reiner de Graaf: Megalopolitics
16:00'-18:00':

Individual work and tutoring.
Wednesday, April 16th
Individual work and tutoring.
Preparation of final presentations.
10:00'-12:00': 

Individual work and tutoring.

12:00'-14:00': 

14:30'-16:00': 

Preparation of final presentations.
16:00'-18:00':

Friday, April 18th
Final Presentation

10:00'-12:00': 

Final Presentation
10 min. presentations and 10 min. discussion
Overall Assessment & Key Points for the Future Publication (Istanbul Urban Theory Conference)
12:00'-14:00': 

14:30'-16:00':