A unique moment of exchange and debate around the theme of fragility and precariousness, ethical responsibility, and the involvement of the creative sector in terms of social participation. The curators of the exhibitions presented in La Boverie and the Musée de la Vie wallonne discuss the issues with international guests, representatives of a multidisciplinary activist movement, and passionate advocates of architecture, design, sociology and the humanitarian sector.
1 / NIK BAERTEN & VIRGINIA TASSINARI (BE) , Pantopicon (BE) – Curators Welcome to_Bavière – EN
Since 2012, Welcome to_ has focused on the search for viable and sustainable solutions through the methodology and practice of co-design. Its discoveries aim to generate projects that lead to citizen awareness and participation, in an effort to improve the quality of life of a community. For this 2018 edition they focused on the Outremeuse neighbourhood in Liège.
Curators Nik Baerten & Virginia Tassinari, of Pantopicon (BE), a foresight & design studio, collaborated for this project with teachers and students of ESA Saint-Luc and the HEPL of Liège. www.pantopicon.be
2 / JOHN BINGHAM-HALL (UK), Theatrum Mundi – Voi[e,x,s] Chapelle Charbon #1: reflections on site performance – EN
This presentation will ask how can performed sound and movement, which leave no physical trace in a space, change the public value of a terrain vague, using a short film of a performance created in Paris in collaboration between the opera company Cie MPDA – Alexandra Lacroix, composer Marta Gentilucci, and Theatrum Mundi.
Dr John Bingham-Hall is Director of Theatrum Mundi, a London-based centre that aims to expand the crafts of city–making by stimulating collaboration between artists and urbanists. Through academic research, publishing, and cultural programming his work explores how the public realm of cities is produced through media, culture, and space.
3 / NAWAL BAKOURI (FR)- Commissaire FRAGILITAS – Handle with Care – EN
Curating the exhibition Handle with Care, Nawal Bakouri regards design as a laboratory of objects, spaces, graphics and services, but above all, as an agent by which an experience can be transformed. This part of Fragilitas presents a panorama of devices that shows that design can initiate a new experience of care and of our relationship to care.
Nawal Bakouri (Paris, France), has taught at a number of design schools in France and is as an independent cura-tor and design consultant. She is a founding member and coordinator of Socialdesign Plateform (www.plateforme-socialdesign.net), whose research focuses on social design, design and care, and the exhibition as a social space.
4 / ALISSA REES (NL), designer, Humanising of the White Building – EN
By combining her long experience in hospital with being a current designer, Rees came up with twenty concepts to humanise hospitals. In this presentation she takes you through her personal experiences, that she turned into valuable products for a bigger audience.
Rees is a concept and healthcare designer. Rees was the winner of the Accenture innovation Award 2017 and the innovation- and best overall prize on the Brains Award 2017, with her project ‘IV-Walk’, a portable IV-pole that stimulates mobility in hospitals. She presented her work in cities as Milan, Paris, Amsterdam and Las Vegas. www.alissarees.com
5 / JEAN-PHILIIPPE POSSOZ (BE), Commissaire FRAGILITAS – Precarious
Architecture & Design, curator – EN
Design and architecture mix and share their specific fields of knowledge and skills: their way of thinking, anticipating, and intentions to transform the world through micro-acts of creation, as seen in objects and spaces.
Jean-Philippe Possoz (Liège, Belgium) is an architect trained at the ISA St-Luc in Brussels. In 1997, he co-founded the office ARJM Architecture & Urbanism while working as an interim architect at the studio of Pierre Hebbelinck and Alain Richard. In 2002, he attained a professional post-graduate diploma in architecture and sustain-able development, resuming practice in Liège by renewing his collaboration with Alain Richard. In 2007, he joined the Faculty of Architecture/ULiège. He is currently in charge of a design-build workshop based on the economy of means and the social role of the architect.
6 / CYRILLE HANAPPE (FR), architecte Actes & Cités – La Ville Acceuillante
EN – The Welcoming City
Calais, Grande Synthe, Paris. The arrival and the growing numbers of people in cities living in precarious situations (Migrants, Homeless people, social Workers, etc.), raises fundamental questions about ways to live them, to concieve them, to think them. Shanty towns, squats, camps, wasted lands are the components of urban framework, must be recognised as such and either as warts to eradicate. There is an issue of emancipatory recognition of each person within cities.
Cyrille Hanappe, has a PhD in Architecture and is an architect and engineer. He presides the Actes & Cités Association which works for the dignity of the living environment. He is Lecturer at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Belleville and Head of Education for the Specialisation Diploma for Architecture and Major Risks in the same school. He’s also an associated architect for the AIR-Cyrille Hanappe & Olivier Leclercq agency.
7 / PAOLO CASCONE (IT), designer, founder CODESIGNLAB – The Miner’s House – FR
During a series of workshops, Paolo Cascone showed how to use composite materials and ceramics as a high-performance technique in the field of design and architecture. The project is part of a research that the Italian architect has been conducting for 10 years, in which he has examined the relationship between natural materials, local resources, and new digital manufacturing processes. An installation will feature in Precarious Architecture & Design. His research intends to propose a different way of approaching the topic of migratory flows that the history of the mines has been generating across Europe and at the same time it aims at contributing to the debate on the consequences of the process of deindustrialisation of these regions.
Paolo Cascone is an architect, teacher and researcher trained at the AA School of London. His work explores a new interdisciplinary approach to ecological architecture, developing a new paradigm between nature and artifice, theory and technique, traditional technologies and digital culture. In 2007, he founded CODESIGNLAB in Paris, whose projects are frequently published in international architecture journals and exhibited in several European design museums. Cascone currently runs the African Fabbers School (AFS): the first school of urban ecology, self-construction, and digital manufacturing in Africa. www.codesignlab.org
8 / LIEVEN DE COUVREUR (BE), Howest -FRAGILITAS – D4E1, Curator -EN
In the exhibition Design for [every]one, design is a mean of co-evolution, a dynamic approach that builds upon co-creativity and allows objects to be adapted. This takes into account the person, their characteristics, and what they want to create. Design for [every]one shows design that goes beyond mass and standardised production exists. It presents an ‘open design’ which hacks, adapts, corrects, rethinks and/or redesigns, in order to give to each of us, whatever our backgrounds, the opportunity to do what we would like.
With an educational background in industrial design engineering that includes a PhD in participatory prototyping, Lieven De Couvreur (Ghent, Belgium) has been instrumental in leading D4E1, a Belgium-based research and education project at Howest Kortrijk – Industrial Design Center – Industrial Product Design. http://designforeveryone.howest.be/
9 / FRANCESCA OSTUZZI (IT/BE), UGent – Open-ended Design. Intentional imperfections to support change – EN
Design is an intentional act that aims at modifying future realities. One of the problems of this complex process of creation is that we often design under the belief that only expected things will happen. In reality, our design outcomes are themselves in a precarious state, being anything but static, predictable or under control. Open-ended Design proposes insights on how, by embracing the unavoidability of imperfections in our outcomes, we might be able to trigger and support more positive change.
Francesca Ostuzzi has a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering Technology and works as doctor assistant in the Industrial Design Engineering curriculum, at Ghent University. Her research interests include sustainability, design, the value of imperfection, open-ended design and the application of such topics and tools into co-generative and open processes.
10 / ANNA BERNAGOZZI (FR) – Reframing design pedagogy – The New (Learning) Objects, curator – FR
The most crucial issue that design schools will have to face in the years to come is that of offering to future designers the capacity of deeply understanding the society they live in by co-creating the right design tools and objects that will improve tomorrow’s life quality in a sustainable way. We as academia must be capable of nurishing and strengthen their natural holistic approach to society. As all good designers, they must become keen observers and attentive facilitators and translators of the ‘intelligence of the context’.
Anna Bernagozzi is Professor of design theory and history at the ENSAD – École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris since 2004 where she’s also head of the Master in Object Design. She is also design consultant for different design editors and brands in semiotic, trend, marketing and focus groups case studies for different international agencies and companies, editor and journalist for different design magazines and curator of several exhibitions.
11 / OLIVIERO TOSCANI (IT), creative director, Fabrica – curator Confessions – EN
Confessions is the portrait form that Fabrica asks its team members to use when they tell us about themselves. It is a candid dialogue with the world and with oneself. The ‘confessions’ are the self-portraits of the Fabrica project’s team members: freestyle, taking the form of objects, images, videos, or any other form of expression that demonstrates the team members’ authenticity and attests to their unique vision of themselves.
Fabrica is a communication research centre established in 1994. Situated in Treviso, Italy, it was conceived by Luciano Benetton and Oliviero Toscani, creative director. Today more than ever, Fabrica’s research is a cross-disciplinary practice wherein communication interacts with other vital sectors like social and environmental sciences, food, cin-ema, art, poetry, journalism, design, spirituality, music, politics, economics, neuroscience, psychology and writing, and attests to the changes and trends of modern society. www.fabrica.it
12 / ANYA SIROTA (US), architect, Akoaki – (In)vulnerabilities – EN
Critical insight into localized sources of economic and social precarity can deliver provocative design tools in the form of contextually calibrated hacks. Working predominantly in vulnerable urban environments, the Detroit-based architectural design studio Akoaki has explored ways to counter perceived fragilities by inverting expectation, tuning aesthetics, building social enterprises, and pirating latent power structures. Through the lens of the Detroit Cultivator Project, the talk will explore emergent techniques for transforming susceptibilities into collective affordances.
Anya Sirota is an architectural designer and principal of Detroit-based experimental studio Akoaki. Her work, synthesizing aesthetics, social enterprise, and cultural programming, explores ways to materialize collective utopian projects in complex urban scenarios. In parallel, she directs the Michigan Architecture Prep Studio and teaches architecture at the University of Michigan. www.akoaki.com
La conférence se déroulera en français et l’anglais, sans traduction simultanée.
The conference will be held in French and in English, without simultaneous translation.