ARCHITECTURE [AT] THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART STOCKHOLM
6 DECEMBER 2016, 17.00 – 20.00, HUS 28, SKEPPSHOLMEN
The citizens not letting Belgrade d(r)own
Ksenija Radovanović + Marko Aksentijević
Ministry of Space, Belgrade
Ministry of Space is a collective founded in 2011. with the aim of monitoring and influencing future development of Belgrade and other Serbian cities. In implementing its projects and activities, the Ministry of Space closely collaborates with a network of researches, activists, groups and individuals working in different fields such as architecture, urban planning, sociology, art and political science. Their work spans from squatting and protests to improving legal procedures. The lecture will outline various approaches in struggle for the just and open city conducted by Belgrade based collective Ministry of Space: their advantages, limits and sustainability. Special focus will be given to citizens’ initiative “Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own” (“Ne da(vi)mo Beograd”) which Ministry of Space members created together with other organizations, activists, creatives and individuals in reaction to the imposition of the “Belgrade Waterfront” project. In two years, with numerous actions, by collecting and spreading out much needed information about the controversial project, actively using all the institutional ways of citizen participation, as well as calling people out on the streets, the initiative grew to a prominent political actor. The protests have recently drawn up to 25,000 people on the streets, making them among the largest protests in the recent Serbian history.
Urban dynamics in revolutionary and refugee cities
Marwa Dabaieh is an architect and BioGeometry® practitioner. Worked for the last 15 years in the field of sustainable architectural conservation, environmental design and energy efficient earth buildings. Marwa received her bachelor degree in architecture in 2001. She earned a master degree in environmental planning and design in 2006 and a PhD in conservation of vernacular architecture in 2011 from Lund University in Sweden. Marwa mainly applies transdisciplinary approaches in her research work. She received the Swedish Elna Bengtssons foundation prize for scientific research in 2012 for her PhD project. Marwa had several publications and lectures in sustainable conservation, environmental design, vernacular architecture and BioGeometry®. As a practitioner, she participated in several design projects in Egypt, MENA region and Europe. Currently she is an assistant professor at the British University in Egypt and a research fellow at Malmö University in Sweden. Marwa’s current research focus is passive and carbon neutral low-tech vernacular methods and their adaptation for contemporary zero carbon building practice.
Open Architecture as Collectivity: Urban Renewal in Berlin and Noncitizen Rights to the City
Esra Akcan’s research on the modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, and currently the Ellen-Maria-Gorrissen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She completed her architecture degree at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and her Ph.D and postdoctoral degrees at Columbia University in New York. She taught history-theory classes and architectural design studios at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Humboldt University in Berlin, Columbia University, New School, and Pratt Institute in New York, and METU in Ankara. Akcan received awards and fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin (Transregional Studies Forum), Graham Foundation, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture, CAA, Mellon Foundation, DAAD and KRESS/ARIT. She is the author of the books Architecture in Translation (Duke University Press, 2012), Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion, 2012, with Sibel Bozdoğan), Çeviride Modern Olan (YKY, 2009) and (Land)Fill Istanbul: Twelve Scenarios for a Global City (124/3, 2004). She has also authored over a hundred articles in scholarly books and professional journals of multiple languages on contemporary theory (critical and postcolonial theory, globalization), modern and contemporary architecture in West Asia, Ottoman architectural photography, established Euro-American architects’ engagement with the Gulf States and the Middle Eastern diaspora in Europe. She is currently completing her book Open Architecture.