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Planning Unplanned_Exploring the New Role of the Urban Practitioner

19th-20th November 2012

Planning Unplanned_Exploring the New Role of the Urban Practitioner
lectures, workshop reports and discussions
19th-20th November 2012
2pm – 10pm
Vienna University of Technology/Kontaktraum, Gusshausstr. 25-29/ DG, A1040 Vienna

The conference takes place in cooperation with KÖR Wien (Public Art Vienna) in the frame of the Vienna Art Week 2012.

Concept and Organisation: Barbara Holub/ Institute of Art and Design 1/ Vienna University of Technology and Christine Hohenbüchler (Institute of Art and Design 1)
In cooperation with Paul Rajakovics (Department of Housing and Design), Anette Baldauf, Stefan Gruber, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna/ Workshop 3)

Topic: In a context of deindustrialization, deregulation and privatization, artists have joined architects and urban planners to assume an ever more important role in the restructuring of cities. The aim of this international symposium is to discuss and reposition these urban practitioners’ activity: What significance do artistic practices gain in view of the increasingly investor-oriented (urban) planning? What tools and methods have urban practitioners developed so far, and how have they experienced cross-disciplinary cooperation? What conditions are needed for artistic and experimental urban strategies to enter into the current planning practice? How can such strategies resist exploitation for neoliberal interests and facilitate the social effectiveness of future-oriented, innovative ideas?

The international symposium is conceived as a productive event combining workshops, public lectures and discussions. It addresses both practitioners and theorists interested in discussing the possibilities for an independent implementation of their artistic and urbanistic practices within processes of urban development. In a workshop with students from the Technical University and the Academy of Fine Arts, artist Folke Köbberling is creating a spatial setting for the contact space.

Specific artistic formats are developed for the workshops (closed sessions) so that new tools and methods of communication and production for current urban issues can be experienced directly and their potentials for being deployed in (planning) practice can be sounded out. The participants invited consist of the lecturers, along with artists, architects, urbanists, theoreticians, politicians and planning officials of public authorities, as well as experts with backgrounds from sociology to new economic strategies for commons. 

The workshops address the following topics (closed sessions/mornings):

  1. Tools and strategies of the urban practitioner: in this workshop, already familiar and possible new tools, roles and strategies of the various players in the urban space are explored.
  2. Collaboration, cooperation, participation explores the potential of conflicts as a productive force and critically investigates arguments for and against current forms of participation and cooperation.
  3. Urban practitioners and Commons discusses ownership, access and social justice.
  4. After the applause brings up for discussion the longer-term effects of urban interventions and summarises concrete possibilities of establishing the urban practitioner.

The moderators will report from the workshops to the public audience before the evening lectures, so that the issues raised can be further discussed.

Participants/ Lecturers:
Markus Ambach (artist, curator, MAP Projects, Düsseldorf), Anette Baldauf (sociologist, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna), Regina Bittner (cultural theorist, curator, International Bauhaus Kolleg, Dessau), Stefan Gruber (architect, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna), Christine Hohenbüchler (artist, Vienna University of Technology), Barbara Holub (artist, Vienna University of Technology), Grant Kester (art theoretician, UCSD, San Diego), Torange Khonsari (architect, public works, London), Folke Koebberling (artist, Koebberling Kaltwasser, Berlin), osservatorio urbano/ lungomare (Bozano), Yvette Masson-Zanussi (European Forum for Architectural Policies, Brussels), Markus Miessen (architect, architecture theoretician, Städelschule, Frankfurt), Paul O’Neill (artist, curator, art theoretician, Bristol), Alisa Prudnikova (curator, Ural Biennial, Yekaterinburg), Mick Wilson (artist, curator, Valand Academy of Arts, Gothenburg), Georg Winter (artist, Academy of Fine Arts Saar, Saarbrücken) et al.

The discussions after the evening lectures will be moderated by Christian Kühn (Vienna University of Technology) and Elke Krasny (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna).

The contributions of the symposium will form an essential component of the publication Planning Unplanned as a final element of the research project conducted by Barbara Holub, which will be published by the Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg in 2013. “Reports” from the symposium will be presented by Folke Köbberling and Barbara Holub at the „Wandzeitung“ (a venue curated by Christoph Steinbrener, Vienna) from January 2013.

Registration: Admission is free of charge. Seat availability is, however, limited. Therefore we would like to ask for registration by sending an email to: [email protected]

Click here for the detailed program.

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