How can socially engaged critical spatial practice act in relation and response to the urgencies of social justice and equality, contested territories and conditions of conflict? In what ways can critical and experimental forms and environments for learning and knowledge production transform practice?
Urgent Pedagogies is a project and space for inquiry and sharing knowledge and experience and it consists of a series of public events and an emerging online platform highlighting and discussing practice and theory. It aims to serve as a common resource and a space for bringing together practitioners, researchers, and thinkers from a plurality of backgrounds, experiences, contexts, and situations to be in dialogue and think together.
Looking at the role of socially engaged critical spatial practices and its ability to act and develop, learning is central. To act in relation to different societal urgencies and situations of conflict demands the capacity to carefully approach different issues and contexts, adopt alternative perspectives and create strategies and settings for learning, un-learning, thinking together and alternative forms of producing and sharing knowledge. To move beyond established institutional forms of research and teaching and to encourage alternative, new and old, forms of learning may contribute to challenging social and political contexts ruled by hegemonic institutionalism, colonial processes and extractive capitalism. Approaches of alternative collectively initiated pedagogical platforms may be emancipative forms of solidarity, care and resistance. Urgent Pedagogies aim to point out new possibilities and create alternative alliances of methodologies and initiatives.
Urgent Pedagogies starts from this belief that learning and pedagogies are crucial in developing socially engaged critical practice, and that this project may contribute with a space to inquiry, discuss and share knowledge and experience on these topics. It has a focus on critical spatial practice, but both in its research and distribution it is a cross boundary project connecting different artistic practices such as visual art, spatial practice and architecture, design, and non-artistic practices such as civil society organisations, activist initiatives etc. It has the ambition to represent and include practices and people from a multitude of experiences, situations and contexts as well as geographies. Learning is also at the centre of the project itself; learning through an open-ended and experimental approach, through using different perspectives, new encounters and critical dialogues, and an expanding networks of alliances.
Urgent Pedagogies started with a public seminar, Learning and Unlearning through Spaces of Exception, as a part of 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in 2018, entitled A School of Schools. A group of international practitioners and thinkers were invited to discuss the role of alternative approaches in pedagogy in relation to different “urgencies”, contested territories and conditions of conflict, related to border ecologies, occupations and urban and rural struggle. After the biennial it was developed as a project and series of public events planned to continue in 2019 and 2020, and to include the development of an online platform.
The project continued through two public events and meetings; Pedagogical turns in Practice and Formal and Informal Learning Environments, gathering practitioners, academics and students at the premises of IASPIS in Stockholm. In the spring of 2020, facing the outbreak of the pandemic, the project was adjusted to meet this new reality with a focus on developing the online platform, transforming the public programme into a series of online presentations and conversations, commissioning a series of texts and initiating an emerging archive presenting examples of practice and theory.
The commissioning of texts and the program of online talks followed the idea of responding to the project’s focus on inquiring and understanding; what kinds of urgencies or conflicts are at stake (where to engage)? what are the approaches, strategies and modalities (how to perform alternative pedagogy)? what are the different environments and spaces (where it may happen)? Practitioners and thinkers have been invited to contribute with different perspectives, mainly with a contemporary focus, but also connecting to history, reflecting on these questions and hence sharing experience from different practices, from the institutional to self-organised, collective and activist initiatives.
Text commissions, online talks and the gathering of examples for the archive has been developing from an existing network of practitioners, researchers and thinkers in different fields, including participants in the public events, and then further through research into new contexts and geographies. This means that Urgent Pedagogies has started to form a growing network and a space for sharing but also for possible collaborations. With the idea of developing the project further, and in line with its subject of learning and pedagogy, it aims to eventually unfold in new formats and modalities for meeting, sharing knowledge and experience and learning together.
Within IASPIS´ mission of facilitating international exchange and artistic development, Urgent Pedagogies is at the same time a discursive public project and programme to produce and share knowledge, and a space to develop an expanding network of practitioners, institutions, organisations within and beyond artistic practice, including new contexts, experiences and geographies.
Urgent Pedagogies is initiated and organised by IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts. The project is developed and pursued by Magnus Ericson, curator and Project Manager responsible for the design, crafts and architecture programme at IASPIS and Pelin Tan, Senior Researcher of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston and Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Batman University, Turkey.
IASPIS is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Art. Its mission is to work with internationalisation in various ways with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public and the markets with the aim of contributing to artistic development and improved working and income opportunities. This is done by means of direct support for various forms of international cultural exchange, studio programmes in Sweden and abroad, informational activities and expert visits, as well as via a public programme of activities which formulate and explore topical issues in contemporary visual art and design from an international perspective.
Urgent Pedagogies has been developed by Magnus Ericson and Pelin Tan with Roberta Burchardt, curator and Project Manager at IASPIS, and independent curator Michelle Song. The online platform has been designed and developed by graphic designer Johnny Chang.
The first public event Learning and Unlearning through Spaces of Exception was developed in collaboration with the Istanbul Design Biennial with Jan Boelen, curator of the 4th Istanbul Biennial, director Deniz Ova and the biennial production team. It included as speakers and moderators: Sepake Angiama, Markus Bader, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Sandi Hilal, Onkar Kular, Peter Lang, Tor Lindstrand, Pelin Tan, Mark Wigley and Merve Gül Özokcu.
The second event Pedagogical turns in Practice was presented at IASPIS and included speakers Sepake Angiama, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti and it was moderated by Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.
The third event Formal and Informal Learning Environments was presented at IASPIS in collaboration with Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course at Kungl. Konsthögskolan (KKH)/ Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole, Kabelvåg, and with contributions by: Elof Hellström, Onkar Kular, Jess Myers, Joar Nango, Katya Sander, Socrates Stratis, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay, Alessandro Petti, Marie-Louise Richards, Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.
Text commissions include (to this date): Alessandro Petti & Marie-Louise Richards, Elof Hellström, Onkar Kular and Henric Benesch, Katya Sander, Socrates Stratis, Mauricio Corbalan & Pio Torroja, Ana Džokić & Marc Neelen, Ana María León & Andrew Herscher, Michael Leung, María do Mar Castro Varela, Tom Holert, Joana Zatz Mussi & Cibele Lucena and Silvia Franceschini.
Online talks include (to this date): Anna Colin, Ou Ning, Gustavo Esteva, Munir Fasheh, Christine Tohmé, Chris Bratton & Dalida Beinfield, Miguel Robles Duran & David Harvey, Krzysztof Wodiczko & Malkit Shoshan, Marie Hélène Pereira, Silvia Franceschini and Amalia Katopodis.
The online archive has been developed (to this date) with the support of: Miguel Robles-Durán, Cohabitation Strategies; Doina Petrescu, Eco Nomadic School; Beatriz Colomina, Ignacio G. Galán, Radical Pedagogies, Princeton University; Alessandro Petti, Marie-Louise Richards, Decolonising Architecture, Royal Institute of Art; Joseph Grima, Open Design School, Matera European Capital of Culture 2019; Dalida María Benfield, Christopher Bratton, The Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research; Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal, Campus in Camps; Tirdad Zolghadr, Philip Horst, Statista; Åsa Sonjasdotter, The Neighbourhood Academy; Danielle Riou, Border Pedagogy Working Group, Bard College; Cibele Lucena, Joana Zatz Mussi, Grupo Contrafilé; Anna Colin, Open School East; Kishan San, School SOS; Mike Emmerik, Independent School; Katja Sander, Nordland kunst- og filmskole; Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra.
Contributors and participants who have been published on the platform to this date
is a Palestinian architect living in New York. She is an assistant professor of architecture at The Cooper Union. She focuses on architecture’s entanglements in processes of erasure and exclusion in settler colonialism. She teaches a series of interdisciplinary courses on borders and on archives, in collaboration with researchers, artists, and human rights advocates. Prior to joining The Cooper Union, Nora taught at Columbia GSAPP where she was the director of Studio-X Amman. She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary research and design studio Interim Projects. [bio edited 2021]
is a curator and educator interested in discursive practices, the social framework, and how we shape and form our experiences in understanding the world. She is inspired by working with artists who disrupt or provoke the social sphere through action, design, dance, and architecture. She is the initiator of Under the Mango Tree: Sites of Learning in cooperation with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart. Through notions of unlearning and indigenous knowledge, artist-led project spaces, libraries, and schools interested in unfolding discourses, artists, education practitioners and programmers gather to discuss and build radical education practices that destabilize the European canon. Previously, Sepake Angiama was Head of Education for Documenta 14, Kassel, 2017; Director of Education for Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg, 2014; and Curator of Public Programmes at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Sepake Angiama has created education programs for several institutions, including Tate Modern, London, and Hayward Gallery, London. Sepake Angiama lives and works in transition. Sepake Angiama is a Co-Curator of the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2019. [bio edited 2019]
is a member of raumlaborberlin, that was founded in 1999 as a commons of spatial practice. Including also Andrea Hofmann, Jan Liesegang, Christof Mayer and Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Matthias Rick († 2012), Francesco Apuzzo, Axel Timm, Frauke Gerstenberg, Florian Stirnemann, it has currently 9 members. Through its practice, raumlabor has developed and explored an extended concept of architecture and space beyond the built object. raumlaborberlin was honoured with the Berlin Award 2015 – Heimat in der Fremde, the Core77 Design Awards 2017 – Built Environment, the Curry Stone Design Prize 2017 – Social Design Circle and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2018 – Architecture as an agent of civic empowerment. Markus Bader studied Architecture in Berlin and London. He graduated in 1996 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Markus Bader’s academic activities include Guest professorships in Düsseldorf, Kassel and Prague, complemented by many workshops and lectures held internationally. Since 2016 he is professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of the Arts, Berlin. [bio edited 2018]
is a Brazilian, independent researcher and practitioner, mediator and writer, currently Project Manager at IASPIS. Her language combines the triad architecture, visual arts and crafts, with a poetic, literary, philosophical, autoethnographic and decolonial grounds, acknowledging object, word, subject and surroundings as expanded bodies that interact. Since 2015, Roberta´s practice is embedded in the historic colonial Sobrado house, southern Brazil, developing the re-assimilation of its heritage onto contemporaneity. Her research-practice engages heritage via notions of atmosphere, ownership, private and public, vernacular and contemporary, emancipation and meaningfulness, where a theory and practice of uses is central. She is concurrently active in the fields of visual arts, architecture and crafts through different positions, constellations and learning environments which include: Research tutor, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm; Project manager, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Artists; ACHS Futures 2020 5th Biennial, University College London; Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, Newcastle University; Lecturer, ResearchLab Konstfack, Stockholm; Mediator, Galleri Platina, Stockholm. Since 2021 Roberta is a Urgent Pedagogies team member. [bio edited 2021]
is a professor of Pedagogy and Social Work at the Alice Salomon University in Berlin. She holds a double degree in Psychology and Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her research interests besides Postcolonial Theory lies in Queer Studies, Critical Migration Studies, Critical (Adult-)Education, Conspiracy theories, and Trauma Studies. In 2014 she was a visiting fellow of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities in Melbourne, Australia, in 2015/16 a senior fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and will be the Ustinov-Guest-Professor at the University of Vienna in winter 2021/22. María do Mar Castro Varela is the chair of the Berlin Institute for Contrapunctual Social Analysis (BIKA) and the founder of the bildungsLab* in Berlin.
is a Taiwanese-American multidisciplinary designer and artist based in Stockholm. Moving between visual communication, writing, and artistic inquiry, his practice is concerned with circumstances of distance and diaspora, politics of voice and listening, and processes of sense-making. Through visual culture, publication making, language, and collaborative methods of reading, he investigates ways of listening and voicing toward cultivating resilient capacities for sensing, feeling, and being in the present. MFA in Visual Communication from Konstfack 2019, BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design 2010. Johnny is the designer of the Urgent Pedagogies online platform. [bio edited 2021]
is a Project Manager at IASPIS, responsible for the design, crafts and architecture related programme. He has a background as curator, project coordinator and educator. Between 2014 and 2018 he developed and managed two experimental postgraduate courses on socially-engaged critical practice; Sites and Situations and Organising Discourse, at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Between 2009 and 2014 Magnus Ericson was a Senior Advisor/Coordinator and Curator for a new design-related programme at Arkdes, Sweden´s National Center for Architecture and Design, in Stockholm. Between 2007 and 2009 he was assigned as a Project Manager at IASPIS to pursue and develop the activities within the fields of design, crafts and architecture. Together with Ramia Maze he was the author and co-editor of DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics (Berlin, Sternberg Press 2011). Together with Pelin Tan he is the curator of Urgent Pedagogies. [bio edited 2021]
is a learning theorists and practitioner based in al-Fuheis, Jordan. He has a long-lasting pedagogical experience on the concept of learning as integral to education, both formal and informal. He studied and taught mathematics for many years; got his doctorate from Harvard in education and worked in Birzeit University. During the first Palestinian intifada in late 1980s, he left academia and established Tamer Institute for Community Education, which revolved around protecting and providing “learning environments”, building on what is beautiful, inspiring, healthy, and abundant in people, communities, and cultures, and making sense of one’s experience. In 1997, he established the Arab Education Forum within Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is the founder of Mujaawarah, a self-organised care initiative focusing on symbiosism with the earth through collective learning. In 2018 he moved to Jordan and have been working with JOHUD’s 52 centers in Jordan. He has a PhD in Education from Harvard University in 1988, MS in Mathematics education from Florida State University in 1966, and a BS in Mathematics from the AUB in 1962. Munir Faseh has published many books and articles in Arabic and English, several of them in the Harvard Educational Review, and participated in numerous conferences as a keynote speaker and/or lecturer. [bio edited 2021]
is a curator and researcher working across the fields of visual arts, design, and architecture. She is currently an Associate Curator at Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium. She has in different contexts been working with issues of pedagogy and spaces for learning and knowledge production and in her PhD thesis Toward an Ecology of Knowledges: Critical Pedagogy and Epistemic Disobedience in Contemporary Visual Art and Design Practices she explored and discussed in depth historical and contemporary theory and practice in this field. Curatorial projects include: Le Déracinement. On Diasporic Imaginations, Z33, Hasselt (2021); research program The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2016–18); participation on the curatorial team of The School of Kyiv—Kyiv Biennial 2015; and the exhibition, symposium, and educational program Global Tools 1973–1975: Towards an Ecology of Design, SALT, Istanbul (2014).
Silvia Franceschine is an editor of The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, 2018, and a co-author of Global Tools 1973–1975. When Education Coincides With Life, Nero Publishing, 2019. [bio edited 2021]
is an architect, curator and writer. Since 2017, he has been the Creative Director of Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. He is a founder and partner at Space Caviar, an architecture and research practice operating at the intersection of design, technology, critical theory and the public realm. From 2014 to 2017, Joseph Grima was Director of IdeasCity, an itinerant program of conferences and residencies organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. In 2014, he was appointed Co-Curator of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest exhibition of contemporary architecture in the history of North America. In 2012, he co-directed the first Istanbul Design Biennial. From 2011 to 2013 he was Editor-in-Chief of Domus and between 2007 and 2010 he was the Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, an independent gallery in New York City. [bio edited 2018]
is an architect and activist based in Istanbul. She is trained in architecture but holds also a Master of Science degree with a thesis on alternative process-based approaches to Architecture. She is continuing her PhD studies at İstanbul Technical University and, since 2011, she conducts projects at Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği (Architecture for All Association – HIM). This is a non-profit organization devoted to offering architectural solutions to social problems faced today in Turkey and beyond, and promoting participatory design process in architectural education. Merve Gül Özokcu has worked for over 4 years as an instructor at several universities. She became a part of Abdullah Gül University’s Campus Project, Greyder Shoe Factory with Cirakoglu Architects. She has earned several awards such as Archiprix Graduation Project in Architecture. Her articles, interviews and selected projects have been published and exhibited in various media. [bio edited 2018]
artistic practice, writing and research explores urban transformation, spatial justice and self-organization, often through collaborative and collective practice. He is editor of the independent newspaper Stockholmstidningen and member of the collective research projects Mapping the Unjust City and Agentur. Since 2007 he is also active in the self managed cultural space and urban common Cyklopen in Högdalen, Stockholm, where he during the spring of 2021 is broadcasting a weekly radio show. [bio edited 2021]
endeavors to bring research on architecture and cities to bear on struggles for rights, justice, and democracy across a range of global sites. He is co-founding member of a series of militant research collaboratives including the We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, Detroit Resists, and the Settler Colonial City Project; he is also co-founder of the Decolonizing Pedagogies Workshop at the University of Michigan, where he teaches. Among his books are Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict (Stanford University Press, 2010), The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2012), Displacements: Architecture and Refugee (Sternberg Press, 2017), and The Global Shelter Imaginary: Ikea Humanitarianism and Rightless Relief, co-authored with Daniel Bertrand Monk (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming).
is an architect and researcher, currently based in Stockholm. She was the Head of the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Program in the West Bank at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) from 2008 to 2014. In 2007, together with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman, she founded DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) in Beit Sahour, Palestine. DAAR was awarded the Claus Prize for Architecture, the Foundation for Arts Initiative Grant, shortlisted for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize, and showed in various biennales and museums around the world (www.decolonizing.ps). Together with Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal founded Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem (www.campusincamps.ps). Together with Alessandro Petti she co-authored the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, Berlin 2014), an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonization. [bio edited 2019]
works as an independent scholar and curator. He authored and co-authored various books and organized exhibitions—most recently, Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930 (with Anselm Franke), and Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s, both at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. In 2015 he co-founded the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. Recent book publications include Knowledge Beside Itself. Contemporary Art’s Epistemic Politics Sternberg Press, 2020) and Politics of Learning, Politics of Space. Architecture and the Education Shock of the 1960s and 1970s (De Gruyter, 2021).
is Professor of Design Interventions at HDK Academy of Art & Design at the University of Gothenburg. His research is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, education and publications. From 2008-2015, Onkar led the postgraduate design programme Platform 13 at the Royal College of Art, London, an interdisciplinary platform that explored the role of design within political and economic systems, culture and society. His work is in the collection of the CNAP, France, and the Crafts Council, UK. He has guest-curated exhibitions for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Karachi, and the Crafts Council, UK. Between 2014 and 2016 he was a Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University, UK and he is the co-organizer of the educational framework Night School on Anarres. In 2017 he was the artistic director of the first Gothenburg Design Festival, Open Week. Onkar Kular is currently developing the public usership model and residency programme Allmänningen (The Common Room) at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing arts, University of Gothenburg and together with Henric Benesch is the organiser of the practice-based platform The Right to design. [bio edited 2021]
is Professor in Architectural Theory and History at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, where he conducts post-graduate and pre-doctorate research courses in architecture, design and multimedia communications. Peter Lang works on the history and theory of post-war Italian architecture and design, with a focus on sixties Italian experimental design, media and environments. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Rome-based urban arts research group Stalker. Peter Lang has written and curated a number of projects on the Italian Radical Design and Architecture movement, most recently in 2016 The Mondial Festival in Mashup: the Birth of Modern Culture at Vancouver Art Gallery Museum, and in 2013, at the Graham Foundation Chicago, Lang co-curated, together with Luca Molinari and Mark Wasiuta, the fourth edition of Environments and Counter Environment: Italy the New Domestic Landscape. [bio edited 2018]
is an architect and a historian of objects, buildings, and landscapes. Her work studies how spatial practices of power and resistance shape the modernity of the Americas. León teaches at the University of Michigan and is co-founder of several collaborations laboring to broaden the reach of architectural history including the Decolonizing Pedagogies Workshop, Nuestro Norte es el Sur, and the Settler Colonial City Project. She has co-organized several teacher-to-teacher workshops exploring architectural history’s relationship to intersectional feminism, the global, the South, decolonization, and antiracism. Her book, Modernity for the Masses: Antonio Bonet’s Dreams for Buenos Aires, was recently published by the University of Texas Press.
is a Stockholm based architect and Senior Lecturer at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and former Associate Professor at the KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm. In 2004 he co-founded International Festival, a practice working on context-specific projects spanning from buildings, publications, films, installations, public interventions and situations. In 2010 he initiated Economy together with Art Director Jessica Watson-Galbraith. Within the research project Space, Power and Ideology he did research on the recent history of alternative practices in the field of architecture and design. As an associate professor at KTH (2008-2018) he was responsible for a studio focused on developing design methods linked to social and political dimensions of architecture in various local context. The courses focused on Million Homes Program neighbourhoods such as Tensta, Rinkeby and Northern Botkyrka, in the greater Stockholm. The work was always long-term and in close collaboration with different local organizations and individuals. [bio edited 2018]
is a New York based architect writer, podcaster, and strategist focusing on urban planning and architecture. She is the editor of a book series on social justice, Taking Freedom, which will be published through a collaboration between the Service Employees International Union, Sage Publications, and the Community Innovators Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her podcast Here There Be Dragons takes an in-depth look at the intersection of identity politics and security policy in public space through the eyes of city residents. In the past, she has worked in diverse roles – archivist, researcher, analyst – in both New York and Paris, and within cultural practices that include Bernard Tschumi Architects. Jess Myers was recently a IASPIS grantholder in Stockholm. [bio edited 2019]
is an artist and an architect based in Norway. He is a founding member of the architectural collective FFB which works with temporary architecture in urban contexts. His works explore the boundary between architecture, design and visual art. Joar Nango relates to questions of indigenous identity, often through investigating the oppositions and contradictions in contemporary architecture. He has worked on the theme The Modern Sámi Space through, amongst other things, a self-published zine series entitled Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, design project Sámi Shelters and the mixtape/clothing project Land & Language. His projects have taken him to different places in the Sápmi where he made detailed studies of Sámi architecture. Joar Nango is currently an Iaspis grantholder in Stockholm. [bio edited 2019]
is an artist, film maker, curator, writer, publisher and activist based in Jingzhou, China. He is the director of the documentaries San Yuan Li (2003) and Meishi Street (2006); chief curator of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2009); jury member of 8th Benesse Prize at 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum (2011); founding chief editor of the literary journal Chutzpah!(2010-2014); founder of the Bishan Project (2011-2016); a visiting professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (2016-2017); and a senior research fellow of the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research in Boston (2019-2021). His collected writings Utopia in Practice: Bishan Project and Rural Reconstruction is just published by Palgrave Macmillan (2020).
is a Professor of Architecture and Social Justice at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and co-director of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), an architectural studio and residency program centre around the relation of politics and architecture. In 2012 with Sandi Hilal he founded Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. His lasted publication, Permanent Temporariness (Art and Theory Publishing, Stockholm 2019), is a book, a catalogue, and an archive that accounts for fifteen years of research, experimentation, and creation against and within the condition of permanent temporariness. [bio edited 2020]
is a journalist and podcast producer based in Paris. She produced and hosted Emotions – a 50-minute bi-monthly show exploring why we feel what we feel and what our feelings tell us about us as human beings and about the world we live in— for Louie Media, a French podcast production company. She graduated from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2015, which she attended thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. During her career, Adélie has worked in Jerusalem, in Naples, Florida for the Naples Daily News and as a reporter in Santiago, Chile, for a local news radio station. She also covered the Paris terror attacks in November 2015 as a special correspondent. While working on season 2 of Here There Be Dragons in 2016 – 2017, she worked as an editor at BuzzFeed France. [bio edited 2019]
is a Canarian architect living in New York. He is a full-time lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania’s school of design, where he is also a Senior Fellow at PennPraxis. He teaches history and theory courses and architectural design studios, paying particular attention to architecture’s capacity to translate, operate in, and contribute to insurgent social and political movements. His research and pedagogical project “Architectures of Refusal” focuses on architecture and social mobilization for solidarity economies and decolonial practices. He is co-founder of the interdisciplinary research and design studio Interim Projects. [bio edited 2021]
is an architect, lecturer and researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Since 2018 she has been teaching the course Decolonizing Architecture. Her current research explores invisibility as a critical strategy, subjectivity and spatial category in the ongoing research project: Hyper-visible Invisibility: Tracing the Politics, Poetics and Affects of the Unseen, published in The Field Journal: Becoming a Feminist Architect (2017). And in the collaborative artistic research project Spaces of Care Disobedience and Desire: Tactics of Minority Space-Making, initiated together with Rado Ištok and Natalia Rebelo at the Royal Academy of Art. [bio edited 2020]
is an artist living and working in Berlin, teaching, writing and exhibiting internationally. Her main artistic interests are around the processes through which images, languages and spaces become institutionalised and appear as naturalised, and how these processes influences our way of inhabiting and understanding the world. Katya Sander is Professor at Nordlands Kunst og Filmskole in Kabelvåg, Lofoten, where she is in charge of developing structures and frameworks for teaching, learning and researching artistically for the school at large; i.e. for students as well as for academic staff. Together with Professor Pelin Tan she initiated the research hub Resilient Infrastructures as an example of a framework for content- and interest-driven research in an art- and film-school. [bio edited 2021]
is an architect, researcher, writer, curator and educator based in New York. She’s the founding director of the architectural think-tank FAST: Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. FAST uses research, advocacy, and design to investigate the relationships between architecture, urban planning, and human rights. Its cross-disciplinary and multi-scalar work explores the mechanisms behind, and the impact of systemic and spatial violence on people’s living environments and livelihood. FAST develops collaborative initiatives and designs to promote spatial and social justice. She is currently Area Head of the Art, Design, and the Public Domain Master in Design Studies at Harvard GSD and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. She’s the author of numerous books and publications including Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine (Uitgeverij 2010, 2010), Zoo, or the letter Z, just after Zionism (NAiM, 2012), Drone. UNMANNED. Architecture and Security Series (DPR-Barcelona, 2016-2018), Retreat. UNMANNED. Architecture and Security Series (DPR-Barcelona, 2020) and the co-author of the book Village. One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise (Damiani Editore, 2014). In 2016 Malkit Shoshan was the curator of the Dutch Pavilion for The Venice Architecture Biennale with the exhibition BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions, which examines the spatiality and legacy of UN Peace Operations in conflict-affected urban environments. In 2021, she won The Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for her collaborative project Border Ecologies and the Gaza Strip: Watermelon, Sardines, Crabs, Sand, and Sediment.
is a postdoctoral research associate at the Faculty of Education at Bielefeld University. Her research focuses on racism and critical education as well as questions of difference and hegemony. One of the main concerns in her research is the analysis of educational institutions regarding their power structure and exclusionary practices. She also works on postcolonial perspectives and knowledge production. Saphira has been a member of the bildungsLab* since 2017.
is a writer, curator and researcher based in New York. She is a research assistant at the OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard College. She received her MA in curatorial studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. [bio edited 2021]
is a Ph.D. architect, urbanist, and activist for the urban commons, Associate Professor, at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus. His research focuses on the political agencies of architecture and urban design. He studies the strategic value of urban design, as well as the social dimensions of architecture plus the ways they both transform into critical urban practices. Socrates oscillates between reflective practice and practice-based research, thanks to entanglements between teaching, practicing, curating, and writing. He enriches his research by operating in a highly contested territory, such as the Cypriot one, plus by having an active contribution to the becoming of young European urban design practices through his scientific position in EUROPAN Europe. He’s one of the main founders of the critical urban practice agency AA & U, Cyprus. Soctates’ curatorial and activist work involves the Cyprus participation in the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture, as well as the “Hands-on Famagusta” project and he was the editor of the book “Guide to Common Urban Imaginaries in Contested Spaces”, jovis. 2016. [bio edited 2020]
is the 6th recipient of the Keith Haring Art and Activism and fellow of Bard College of the Human Rights Program and Center for Curatorial Studies, NY, 2019-2020. She is a sociologist, art historian and currently Professor, Fine Arts Faculty, Batman University, Turkey. Tan is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston; and researcher at the Architecture Faculty, University of Thessaly, Volos (2020-2025). She is the co-curator of the Cosmological Gardens project by CAD+SR and she was the curator of the Gardentopia project of Matera ECC 2019. Tan, was a Postdoctoral fellow on Artistic Research at ACT Program, MIT 2011; and a Phd scholar of DAAD Art History, at Humboldt Berlin University, 2006. Her field research was supported by The Japan Foundation, 2011; Hong Kong Design Trust, 2016, CAD+SR 2019. She was a guest professor at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut 2021; Visiting Professor at School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016 and at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, 2018. Between 2013 and 2017 she was an Associate Professor of the Architecture Faculty at Mardin Artuklu University. She is a member of Imece refugee Solidarity Association and co-founder of Imece Academy; advisor of The Silent University and the pedagogical consortium of Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp, Palestine. In 2008 she was an IASPIS grantholder. Together with Magnus Ericson she is the curator of Urgent Pedagogies. [bio edited 2021]
are architects working and living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both studied architecture and urbanism at the FADU-UBA (Argentina) in the late eighties. From 1999 till 2004 they were founders and members of “m777”, an architect’s collective working on the fringes of the professional field. In 2005 they founded m7red.
are artists, educators, and co-founders of the Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Urbonas have exhibited internationally including the São Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju, Busan, Taipei Biennales, Folkestone Triennial, Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions, including a solo show at the Venice Biennale and MACBA in Barcelona. Urbonas curated the Swamp School at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. The book Swamps and the New Imagination: On the Future of Cohabitation in Art, Architecture and Philosophy is forthcoming in 2021 (Sternberg, MIT Press). Gediminas is Associate Professor at MIT‘s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and Nomeda is research affiliate at MIT. [bio edited 2021]
is Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP. He served as Dean from 2004 to 2014. Wigley has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995); and The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993). He co-edited The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationalist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001). In 2005 he co-founded Volume magazine with Rem Koolhaas and Ole Bouman as a collaborative project by Archis (Amsterdam), AMO (Rotterdam), and C-lab (Columbia University). Wigley curated the exhibition Deconstructivist Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art, and others at The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. Mark Wigley was awarded the Resident Fellowship, Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism (1989), International Committee of Architectural Critics (C.I.C.A.) Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism (1990) and a Graham Foundation Gran (1997). He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. [bio edited 2018]