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Aformal Academy

Aformal Academy – RE:Learning The City
directed by Jason Hilgefort and Merve Bedir
editorial coordination by IRA-C and Parasite2.0
design by From outer Space

Bi-City Biennal of Urbanism/Architecture
2015 UABB

The notion of learning, like our comprehension of cities, is undergoing a massive transition. As opposed to the classical top-down, checking-boxes, fixed-systems; we need to REread and REform the process of acquiring knowledge.

Often people’s defining educational moments are intense, dynamic, diverse moments/experiences/places out of the norms of the "classroom" and "school".

Aformal Academy – RE:Learning The City is a spatial and co-creational knowledge exchange, where professors, both foreign and local students, lecturers, local craftsmen, in-town guests, local researchers, exhibitors and citizens crash together in a free flowing information exchange – creating a process of multi-layered learning across disciplines, for all.

chapter one

The school and the city

The school and the city is an archive and a cartography of theories and practices, both historical and contemporary, related to urban pedagogy. It's also a series of conversations with this archipelago of experiences, producers of living and scattered knowledge. We will try connect these forms of collective learning with professionals from the design, arts, humanities and sciences and to promote interdisciplinary collaborations. It's not only about learning from these informal "situations of liminality", but also trying to understand how the school and the city can truly comminicate with each other. Our aim it's to imagine an Institute for a Distributed Knowledge, a "school of everything" that tries to hybridize poor and marginal knowledge with the scientific and institutionally promoted research.

#001 University of Utopia, Anti-curricula. A course of action

#002 Domenico Di Siena, Learning itineraries

#003 Eugenie de Lariviere, Contextualize education through collaboration

#004 DIGITAL DIALOGUE – Alternative educational practices

#005 Mute Magazine, Don’t Panic, Organise!

#006 University is not a factory!

#007 Rethinking higher education

#008 Some Rules for Students and Teachers

#009 Education for critical consciousness

#010 Davide Tommaso Ferrando, We are passeurs

#011 The Tree School

#012 The Cape Town Open Declaration

#013 George Pór, School of commoning

#014 DIGITAL DIALOGUE – Together we know everything

#015 A Lecture From the Lectured

#016 The University of the Earth

#017 Rebekka Kiesewetter, Under Trees

#018 Carpe Via, The city is our lab

#019 Bogdan Ionescu, Some ordinary remarks written in an unusual way

#020 Esther Planas, Escuela de Calor

chapter two

Pedagogical infrastructure

How much do the school and its architectural and physical structure influence education?

In the history of architecture, the project of the pedagogical infrastructure has always had a fundamental role. From the Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus to the Giancarlo De Carlo’s Campus Universitario of Urbino and to the Lacaton and Vassal’s School of Architecture of Nantes, the project of the school has always been - and it still is – the medium to spread a vision of architecture and of the world. The project itself is a pedagogical and taming tool. Hence, today, how can we envision and rethink this branch of the project?

#001 Nicolae Porumbescu & Mihai Apetrei, Faculty of Architecture ‘G.M. Cantacuzino’, 1976-79

#002 diederendirrix, Vertigo, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Eindhoven, 2002

#003 Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud, Spaarbank (former headquarters of ‘The Berlage Institute’ between 2000-2012), 1957

#004 Johannes van den Broek & Jaap Bakema, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Delft, Delft, The Netherlands, 1970 (demolished 2008)

#005 Ignazio Gardella, Faculty of Architecture, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, 1975-89

#006 Álvaro Siza Vieira, Library of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 1992

#007 Emil Belluš,Pavilon teoretických ústavov SVŠT (now the STU Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology), Bratislava, Slovakia, 1948-53

#008 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, IIT Crown Hall, Chicago, USA, 1956

#009 Gunnar Henriksson, KTH Architecture School, Stockholm, Sweden, 1969

#010 Max Ziegler & Erik Lanter / Benedikt Huber, ETH Architecture School, Zurich, Switzerland, 1976 / 1987

#011 Alvaro Siza, Carlos Ramos Pavilion, Porto, Portugal, 1986

#012 Kazuo Shinohara, Tokyo Institute of Technology Centennial Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 1987

#013 Dolf Schnebli, Tobias Ammann, Sacha Menz & Flora Ruchat, EPFL Northern Quarter, Ecublens, Switzerland, 2001

#014 Junya Ishigami, KAIT Workshop, Kanagawa, Japan, 2008

#015 Filarete (Antonio di Pietro Averlino), Cà Granda, Università Statale, Milano, Italy, 1456

#016 Giovanni Muzio, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy, 1932

#017 Giancarlo De Carlo, University College, Urbino, Italy, 1958

#018 Johannes van den Broek and Jaap Bakema, AULA TU DELFT, Delft, Nederland, 1966

#019 Vittoriano Viganò, Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy, 1970

#020 Stephan Mader and Susanna Machler, Sulzer Halle 180, ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland, 1990

#021 C.F. Moller architects, The University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, 1996

#022 Vittorio Garatti, School of Ballet, Havana, Cuba, 1961

#023 Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture), Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 1937

#024 Frei Otto, Institute for Lightweight Structures, University of Stuttgart, Vaihingen, Germany, 1967

#025 OMA, Educatorium, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1995

#026 Rudolf Steiner, Gotheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, 1928

#027 Raphael Zuber, Schoolhouse Grono, Grono, Switzerland, 2011

#028 Anna Heringer, Eike Roswag, Meti School, Rudrapur, Dinajpur district, Bangladesh, 2007

chapter three

Inside Aformal Academy

The Aformal Academy is not merely a of series educational workshops parallel to the Biennale; it is a hybrid of learning by making, exhibition, and social space; at once the public at large with the evolving library of provocations and spatial archive of explorations.

Inside AA is the documentation of the daily activities thet will be develope intside the Hong Kong-Shenzen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

#001 Opening lectures

#002 Crash.Course – December 4 – 13

#003 Can Architects Dance? – December 6

#004 Roundtable, Where is now? When Is There? December 5, 15.00/17.00

#005 Seminar Learning from Da Lang – December 5

#007 TOY DESIGN WORKSHOP December 7 – 11 in collaboration with Future+

#008 The Future Design Education Forum, with Shekou Round Table and ZHdK + IAAC + HIT, December 10

chapter four

Tomorrow's Spatial practice

The profession is going through a moment of deep rethinking, due to the economic recession, the acknowledgment of the Anthropocene and due to the complexity that concern the contemporary human habitat. As Etienne Turpin’s recent book Architecture in the Anthropocene claims, it is necessary to rethink the whole experience of practices and knowledge taken from the modernity. Hence it is necessary to be aware of the failure of an idea of progress and of an anthropization strategy that are no longer sustainable. Today we can strongly perceive the change of the practice. On one side architectural firms go on with their work that is strictly connected to the neoliberal global market. On the other side, hybrid practices – in form of collectives – develop their work breaking the disciplinary borders to get in touch with other cultural fields. The aim of Tomorrow’s Spatial Practice is to question about which modalities and tools will be able to characterised the profession of tomorrow.

#001 Pierre Vanni, How the techno-giants approach the architecture

#002 The primary interface of the internet of things, the smart home

#003 Data-based approach and the internet of things vs welfare state?

#004 Networks & Acceleration: Complexity, Infrastructure, and Civilizational Collapse

#005 Michiel van Iersel, Game Over for Architects?

#006 The architect has always been a heroic figure of crisis, Interview with m-a-u-s-e-r

#007 Can the architect disappear?, Interview with Dori Sadan (Minibuilder-IaaC)

#008 Breaking the rigid boundaries of the 20th century architecture

#009 DIGITAL DIALOGUE, Architects After 2008

#010 Jesko Fezer, Design In and Against the Neoliberal City

#011 Understanding is building; we build things as understood, Interview Aristide Antonas

#012 Simon Yuill, Survival Scrapbooks

#013 Identifying the Designer as Worker


#015 Nicholas Korody, Towards a decentralized architecture with FOAM + the Blockchain

#016 Jeremy Till, Scarcity contra Austerity, Designers need to know the difference

#017 After all It Was You and Me, Interview with Bernd Upmeyer, MONU magazine

#018 DIGITAL DIALOGUE, Paper or Code? When the alphabet is a building material

#019 Oblò, officina di architettura, How to recognise an architecture collective, An open-ended Decalogue


Aformal.Academy – RE:Learning The City is directed by:
Jason Hilgefort and Merve Bedir. They are partners in Land+Civilization Compositions, a Rotterdam/Istanbul/Shenzhen based studio exploring issues at the ever expanding edge of urbanism that views city creation as an
Done in cooperation with Ljubo Georgiev and Hristo Stankushev.

The Chapter 2, Pedagogical infrastructure, is curated by Daniel Tudor Munteanu, Romanian practicing architect and urban planner. He exhibited at the 5th UABB Biennale in Shenzhen and contributed to the U.S. Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. His texts were published in San Rocco, Log and Oase. Daniel is the founder and editor of the research project OfHouses – a collection of old forgotten houses.

The editorial coordinators of the Aformal.Academy.Archive are:
IRA-C is an organized workgroup for interactive research in the field of architecture in critical contexts, based in Milan.
Parasite2.0 was born in 2010 by Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino and Luca Marullo. They investigate the status of human habitat and act on the margins of the practice by experimenting a hybrid between architecture, art, social sciences and activism.

Design and development by From outer Space

UABB 2015 Re-Living The City is curated by:
Aaron Betsky is a critic and curator; is the dean at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, and was Director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale.
Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are co-principals in the international design firm Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), and hold the Chair Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich.
Doreen Heng Liu, Founder of NODE architecture & urbanism, is a Guest professor at ETH Zurich and an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong.