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A glossary is unlike a dictionary, which defines terms. The terms in the glossary are specific to a context and carry a thickness of histories, experiences and myths with them.

루팔리 굽테 — 2021.5.13 05:19 AM

The Difficulties of Making Sense

Saleem Sinai, the protagonist of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children, uses the metaphor of watching a cinema to explain the difficulty of making sense of the present: “Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems - but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems more and more incredible. Suppose yourself in a large cinema, sitting at first in the back row, and gradually moving up, row by row, until your nose is almost pressed against the screen. Gradually the stars' faces dissolve into dancing grain; tiny details assume grotesque proportions; the illusion dissolves-or rather, it becomes clear that the illusion itself is reality… (When) we're too close to the cinema-screen, the picture … (breaks)... up into dots, only subjective judgments are possible”.

Figuring out the world and making sense of it during these times - the times of the covid-19 pandemic - seems exactly like Salman Rushdie’s description of watching the cinema with our nose touching the screen. There appears to be no critical distance to see things and make sense when one is living through the situation. This is the first difficulty of making sense of the present, where the present appears to us in pixels without a sense of the whole story. The second difficulty is related to tools and methods. Trying to put together the story of humanity’s engagement with the pandemic is different from putting together an account of chemical, biological or physical reactions. The telescopes, microscopes and various measuring instruments of natural and physical sciences are unable to handle the realm of experiences, anxieties and desires that get played out in a pandemic. The third difficulty is that the present remains dynamic. The actions that happen on one day may not be repeated on the next. Humans and contexts constantly shape and reshape each other. Any one instance in this process of shaping cannot act as a representative of the whole process. Moreover, it is impossible to look at the whole process as it has not even happened as yet.

루팔리 굽테 — 2021.5.13 05:20 AM

The Glossary

In the work Gurgaon Glossaries the authors undertook a study of Gurgaon, a city that grew rapidly with diverse forces coming together. The city attracted people and businesses from all over the country with different kinds of lives and backgrounds to inhabit a complete alien landscape. The city settled not by resolving the differences between forces, but by figuring out ways in which these forces could exist with each other. It generated new practices and relationships that became terms by which the city happened. Gurgaon Glossaries compiled the terms by which the city came together. These were micro-narratives of emerging practices and relationships. The trope of the ‘glossary’ is useful to think about the contemporary where the nose is pressed against the screen. Every pixel becomes a term in the glossary - and more the number of terms in the glossary, more is the possibility of making sense. The glossary is unlike a dictionary, which defines terms. The terms in the glossary are specific to a context and carry a thickness of histories, experiences and myths with them. For example a term like ‘project’ would simply mean an undertaking or an idea or an ambition. In Gurgaon Glossaries, one of the terms called ‘the Project’ reads as follows:

“The Project: Contradictions arise when the condition of absent centralized infrastructure and governance collides with aspirations, desires and fears of the young professionals who come to work for the big companies located in Gurgaon. These contradictions are resolved through the idea of the ‘project’ taking care. Developers promise a ‘project’ instead of a house. Effort is made to provide all facilities that are available in any first world condition within these gated projects. Clubs, gardens, parking, security systems, 24X7 water and electricity are provided by the project along with one-button services – an exclusive service, where one has to simply push a button on the intercom system and demand. One has access to plumbers, cable TV guys, electricians, pest control services, etc. Some projects also provide services like day-care, drivers on hire, laundry, food from different restaurants”.

Here, the term ‘project’ embodies the specificities of governance, values, practices, systems and living in Gurgaon. The people of Gurgaon associate the term with a specific idea and space and not to the general idea of the term. The titles in the glossary may sound extremely generic. It is in their descriptions however that the terms acquire a contextual specificity, which speaks about the place / time / situation. Moreover, the form of the glossary is able to work with the pixelated nature of the story, where one is inside the story and also a part of it. Such a form is like a hydra - with multiple heads, where each head can speak in a different voice and different language and can respond differently to different situations. All the heads put together would be able to collectively tell a story of the context.

루팔리 굽테 — 2021.5.13 05:20 AM
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We consider the works of Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Jorge Borges, Umberto Eco and Michael Taussig as intellectual companions to the current work. The specific works here are as follows:

Barthes, Roland. (1991): Mythologies; trans. Annette Lavers, Noonday Press, New York (First translation published in 1957 by Editions du Seuil, Paris and later in 1972 byJonathan Cape Ltd.)

Benjamin, Walter. (2016): The Storyteller, Tales Out of Loneliness; trans, and ed. Sam Dolbear, Esther Leslie and Sebastian Truskolaski, Verso, London & New York

Borges, Jorge Luis, and Margarita Guerrero (1969): The Book Of Imaginary Beings. Dutton, New York.

Eco, Umberto (2012): The Infinity Of Lists: From Homer To Joyce. MacLehose, London.

루팔리 굽테 — 2021.5.13 05:27 AM
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도시 용어 소사전

도시 용어 소사전

온라인, 워크숍

장소와 자아에 관한 동적인 어휘집을 구축하다

개요

도시를 바라보는 우리의 생각은 주로 묵시록과 축제 사이를 오간다. 이 프로그램은 그 두 가지 은유 사이에 도시를살아가고 경험하는 훨씬 더 해방적인 과정들이 존재한다는 것을 보여준다.

구르가온과 뭄바이라는 두 도시에 대한 ‘도시 용어 사전’ 전시에서 출발해, 참가자들은 자신의 도시를 사유하는 개인적 과정에 깊이를 더하는 방식으로 자신만의 용어 사전을 만들어가게 된다. 프로그램을 통해 오랫동안 발전시켜온 동적인 연구 과정은 장소와 자아를 다루는 방대한 현장 연구와 결합한다. 이렇게 새롭게 제작된 용어사전들은 독학자를 위한 인터랙티브 교육 도구로 기능하여, 도시 형성의 무수한 차원들을 개방하는 과정이 된다.

전시 프로그램 참여자

지금/여기

Creamy Polenta, St Erasmo's artichokes, crunchy sage and Doge honey

카를로타 노벨라 — 쿠치나 세미 아쿠아티카 — 19시간 전

On Saturday 25th September the Cucina Semi Aquatica opened its online doors for a lunch and dinner cooking workshop which focused on introducing productive landscapes, existing between land and water, through the medium of food.
We cooked together via Zoom and the recording of this session will be available soon on Future School website.

On the day, we created three simple dishes - one starter, a main and a dessert - inspired by the Venice island of St Erasmo and the Liverpool and Leeds Canal.

The recipes we explores departed and took inspiration from these two very different landscapes, looking at their history and evolution across time. Although the meal featured ingredients which are very much local to these two sites, we invite everyone to recreate the recipes with the ingredients representing territories between land and water which are more local to them.

On this page you can find a list of ingredients - and guidelines on how to find local equivalents - the full cooking process and a list of utensils you might need if you plan to create the three recipes at home.

To share with us your adapted recipes, you can email carlotta@publicworksgroup.net

Thank you!

카를로타 노벨라 — 쿠치나 세미 아쿠아티카 — 19시간 전

Learning from other collaborative practices

Conversation with Rosario Talevi and Tiphaine Abenia about non-formal education, collaborative initiatives in and out of academia. What can education institution can learn about collaborative learning practices?

29th Octobre 15h-17h
Live from Future School in Venice
(link available soon)

조안느 푸젱 — 협업의 아틀리에 — 어제

Learning in Constructlab practice

Presentations from Constructlab members revolving around learnings gathered within projects. What, how and why do we learn ?

28th October 15h-17h
Live from the Future School in Venice

조안느 푸젱 — 협업의 아틀리에 — 어제

Le cours de l'eau, la cour et l'eau ©Juul Prinsen

조안느 푸젱 — 협업의 아틀리에 — 어제

Le cours de l'eau, la cour et l'eau ©Mathilde Gintz

조안느 푸젱 — 협업의 아틀리에 — 어제

BIO
Ana Betancour is an architect and Professor of Architecture at the UMA School of Architecture, Umeå University, where she was the Head of School (2015-2019). She was previously a professor in Urban Design at Chalmers University of Technology (2007-2014), and Senior Lecturer at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm (2001-2007), and The Bartlett, UCL, London (1999-2003). Betancour was the Head of Exhibitions and Public Programme at The Museum of Architecture in Stockholm (2007-2009). She founded the A + URL/ Architecture + Urban Research Laboratory (1999-2007), and she co-founded P.H.A.B. Architects (1996-2001). Together with Carl-Johan Vesterlund, she co-founded the Urban + Architecture Agency in 2008.

BIO
Carl-Johan Vesterlund is an architect and Associate Professor in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design at Umeå School of Architecture (UMA) since 2015. Until 2019, he was a member of the Leadership at UMA, the Director of the Architectural Programmes and Master’s programmes, and responsible for the development of the new Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design. Prevously, Vesterlund was Senior Lecturer at the Chalmers School of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology (2008-2015) and guest teacher at KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (2005-2007). Together with Ana Betancour, he co-founded the Urban + Architecture Agency in 2008.

아나 베탕쿠르 — 글로컬 상상의 지도 — 3일 전

We have in our practice and teaching over many years developed a trajectory of projects investigated how global issues are affecting local conditions. By mapping, analysing and understanding responses and tactics to the global crisis in a local context, we have explored how local ways to operate could catalyse change within global transformations affecting urban and rural areas today.

As an example of this endeavour here we describe a project on the city of Gothenburg.

We have investigated transient edge conditions of harbour cities in relation to climate change, rising water levels, dynamic water conditions, flooding strategies and shifting economies. Studying the dynamics of the flooding in Gothenburg, we have explored the threats and problems the city and its built environment are exposed to, due to rising water levels. We have explored natural water edge ecologies; the logics and dynamics of ecosystems that are dependent on and profit from flooding and fluctuating water levels, imagining the riverbanks as a potential productive edge and water infrastructure system. How could this system be developed to be integrated in and become part of the city, and contribute to ways of living and working, production and recreation?

In our work and investigations of Gothenburg, a city which has undergone major changes during the past decades, have been focusing on developing alternative future scenarios and identities for the city, departing from its relationship to water. From being a significant harbour and industrial city, then turning into a city with an industry in decline, Gothenburg shows a high rate of unemployment, socio-cultural and racial tensions, a shortage of housing, and is one of the most exposed and threatened cities from rising sea levels and flooding in Sweden. The City Planning Office, in collaboration with property developers and the industry, have developed future plans for Centrala Älvstaden – an urban regeneration project for the region and the city of Gothenburg, branding, densifying and changing the structure and character of large areas of the city through 15,000 new dwellings and 40,000 new work opportunities for the north and south river-banks located in high-risk flooding zones.

Departing from the understanding of the coastal edge as a system, a productive industrial edge and an operative infrastructure, we developed propositions for an urban network – a series of interconnected cross-programmed spaces and architectural interventions – where the flooding water could be considered as a resource for the future of Gothenburg. Based on the model of a network, its physical as well as non-physical organisational pattern is an urban planning strategy in which the relationships and connections between actors, programmes, activities and spaces can be understood as both spatial and programmatic. The network is developed as a flexible series of self-sufficient spaces for fluctuating flows and uses, making it adaptable to future challenges and opportunities. Applying a wider and softer notion of infrastructure or infrastructural ecology, this added layer of intensity, enhancing the production, interaction, exchange and sharing of resources and space, could make it less vulnerable and less dependent on high technology and advanced infrastructure. Programming of spaces and architectural interventions, such as floating markets, biogas parks, waste water gardens, algae farms, and osmotic power plants, have been focusing on self-sufficiency in terms of energy and resources, local production and recycling, commonly shared, owned, used and run by local communities. Imagining Gothenburg as a city on water, where the rising water is considered a productive and common asset rather than a threat, we believe is critical for a sustainable development of the city.

아나 베탕쿠르 — 글로컬 상상의 지도 — 3일 전

Urban Networks, aerial view, Gothenburg © U+A Agency with Mathias Holmberg

아나 베탕쿠르 — 글로컬 상상의 지도 — 3일 전

Urban Networks, Gothenburg © U+A Agency

아나 베탕쿠르 — 글로컬 상상의 지도 — 3일 전

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