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Parckfarm Parabel

Parckfarm Parable In de zomer van 2014, in de grootstad Brussel, op een publieke plek, wordt een gemeenschappelijk kippenhok gebouwd door een groep buurtbewoners. Ze worden gedreven door een gedeeld enthousiasme en optimisme, met de ambitie een collectief op...

The consequences of activism. The case of São Paulo elevated linear park

The Elevado Presidente João Goulart, popularly named Minhocão (i.e. a Portuguese term for big earthworm), is a 3,5-kilometer elevated highway that passes through the center of São Paulo. The Parque Minhocão is today a really popular attraction of São Paulo as...

A students’ thought on the Josaphat Commons in 2040

The Josaphat site, a beautiful, slightly hidden, open and green space in Schaerbeek/Evere, which my colleagues and I rather call ‘The Island’, was property of the Belgian railway company for years. But in 2005, the Brussels government bought the site and since...

De taal die onze natuurlijke empathie blokkeert

Er is een taalgebruik die het hart aanspreekt en wederkerig empathisch taalgebruik uitlokt en er is een taal die empathie blokkeert met onze medemens en zelfs pijn doet. Een taal die ons vervreemd van ons natuurlijke mededogen met anderen die het moeilijk hebb...

Architecture and Activism, the footnotes. Part 1.

0. Preface 0.1 This text is a collection of footnotes from the lessons architecture and activism.  With the spirit of Jacques Rancière in mind, I wrote down the philosophical and psychological notes that were mentioned in class. 0.1.1 Jacques Rancière is a F...

Feminine Male Architects

During the last days of the Architecture and Activism course amidst a heated discussion about architects who take “care” and are “involved” in their projects not only through its conception but during its growth as well, Professor De Cauter asked a question “A...

New identity in the course of decadence- Panorâmico de Monsanto, Lisbon

Located on the top of Monsanto, a protected forest park in Lisbon, this study case is about Panorâmico de Monsanto, an abandoned modernist building.This building was saved by "unconscious activism", unconsciously practiced by hundreds of people with the use of...

Santiago Cirugeda - Guerrilla Architect

                Santiago Cirugeda is a Spanish architect, from Seville, that after seven years of working by himself created Recetas Urbanas (Urban Recipes), an architecture office which develops self-build projects that the common citizen can use to appropria...

On Skanderbeg Square, Tirana - 51N4E

“While silent, the space becomes a story in the moment when the popular movement takes place. The motion of the bodies, as the motion of the sea, freezes everything around. Running to the altar, in front of the piazza, under the dome, in front of the fountain....

How we managed the Democracy

The good beginnings On our first meeting ‘We’* decided that the work and actions of our group should be build on a democratic foundations. ‘An experiment in radically democratic education based on self-organising swarm intelligence as opposed to group instinc...

Wim Cuyvers, park ranger nor Parck Farmer

- An introduction to his work on public space, partially copied and translated from a Dutch text by Kristien Van den Brande - ‘In and throughout his work, Wim Cuyvers searches for moments of existentiality: moments of resignation, of confrontation, of ecstasy...

Vakbondsleden en Strijdvaardigheid

De syndicalisatiegraad in België is veel hoger dan in de meeste Europese landen. Dit heeft een historische reden. Arbeiders verenigden zich om bij werkloosheid en ziekte voor elkaar een steun te zijn. De arbeidersbewegingen organiseerden zelf hun solidariteit....

Responsibility - Loading

We are citizens of a century of a change. Century where paradox situations are as real as never before, with the biggest accommodation service company not having a single hotel - Air Bnb, largest transportation company not having a single car - Uber, Biggest m...

Unbuildable architecture - activism on a paper

‘To really appreciate architecture, you may even need to commit a murder.’ - Bernard Tschumi expressed in one of his ‘Advertisements for Architecture’ - a series of postcards based on the thought that architecture is quite frequently experienced through imager...

Can true activism only exist with(out) corporations?

Stefan Damsin from Recyclart doesn’t consider himself, nor the organisation in itself, ‘activism’. Something that flabbergasted me when I first heard it during his Sofa Talk in the WTC I tower on the 9th of march 2018. Then it hit me at the exact moment he sai...

Intercultural public space

Now a days more attention is given on to the human dimension in the city planning and the need for quality in the public spaces. Importance of public spaces is universally accepted by one and all. The question is what makes public space more successful? The de...

"The Power of a Kiss" by Nicolas Mansour

“My God, Help Me Survive This Deadly Love” A kiss ( also known in old English as cyssan, or coss ) is an old action, behavior of showing gratitude, love, passion, respect , friendship , peace etc. It depends from one culture to another , from one tradition to...

How to reclaim the public space : step 3

Last year, the city of Liège renewed their contract with the multinational corporation JCDecaux for the next 15 years. This company is mainly known for their bus-stop advertising systems and billboards. In Liège, the contract covers 1.900 m² of public space wi...

Trotse Antwerpenaars en dilemma's op het gebedskleed

DE REGELS EN MIJN REGELS een van de regels is, dat wanneer een vrouw haar regels heeft zij moet stoppen met vasten en het is zover. lastig want de ramadhan is juist begonnen en dan ben ik helemaal uit mijn ritme. de dagen dat ik stop haal ik na de ...