MAS ETH EPFL UTD - Urban & Environmental Theory Session #6


Event details

Date 05.12.2023
Hour 18:3020:30
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language French, English
05 Dec 2023
18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Foyer SG & Zoom

Zoom: 6937 865 5230

Spatial and Social Dynamics of Counterprojects

About Urban & Environmental Theory Session
Organized in the framework of the MAS in Urban and Territorial Design, the sessions see invited guests address the theme of the semester: “Counterprojects of Coexistence”. The sessions, offering a combination of theoretical positions and professional design experience, address the challenges of spatial, social and energy transition through various contributions: from human geography, urban studies, spatial design, environmental studies and system thinking. Ranging in scale from the global to the local, focusing on the urban commons and ecological transition, each session sees the guests present their work followed by a moderated discussion together and with the audience.

About the Speakers

Angelos Varvarousis (b. 1983) lives and works in Athens and Barcelona. He is a researcher, curator and activist with a background in urban studies, human geography, and urban political ecology. His view on the commons is rather unconventional, since he focuses more on temporary experiences of commoning, investigating their liberating and transformative potential. In order to explain such moments of transgression and change, he is developing the framework of “liminal commons,” in which he draws parallels between the archaic rituals of transition and the collective practices that develop in contemporary crisis-driven societies. Angelos is a passionate photographer, dancer and musician and he spends at least two months per year off-the-grid on remote Greek islands.

Bellastock is an architecture practice engaged in the promotion of reuse for more than 10 years. Through the history of two long term experiments on concrete reuse led in the context of urban renewal projects, Louis Destombes showcase the cultural and socio-economical impacts of a reuse practice settled up from the field, by opposition of top down circular economy strategies.