Seminar / Camping or Colonising? 13/05

Camping or Colonising? A seminar on design challenges in dispersed urban configurations.
Research unit All City/All Land, part of the research group Urban Projects, Collective Spaces and Local Identities, KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture.

Large parts of the (West-) European territory have a dispersed character. The research cell All City/All Land (AC/AL) explores the potentials and characteristics of dispersed configurations where land and city meet and collide.  Apart from reading and understanding the logic of dispersed urban structures current research conceptualised dispersion on a regional scale. However we know that the quality of dispersion is mainly determined by its small-scale elements. Yet we currently lack an attitude and vocabulary, both in design, management, politics… to address and value the complexity and diversity of dispersion on the small scale. It is on the small scale that the tensions land-city accumulates and where the balances, antagonisms and conflicts become specific. AC/AL uses small scale experiments to explore strategies to temporarily camp or permanently colonise the dispersed region and to reflect on how to use this AC/AL dialogue to respond to contemporary challenges related to social inclusion, urban ecology, infrastructure, energy, mobility, new types of public space or fragile landscapes in transition.

After four years of research by design AC/AL wants to discuss their projects and reflections on dispersion with colleagues, politicians, promoters, students… On Monday 13/05/19 AC/AL organises a seminar in the Faculty of Architecture at 51 Hoogstraat 9000 Ghent, from 14 – 19 hrs. Researchers and studio masters (Maarten Gheysen, Steven Geeraert, Roeland Smits, Sis Pillen, Erik Van Daele and Bart Van Gassen) will present their perspectives and reflections by design on small-scale challenges in dispersed contexts. Each of them invited a correspondent to start a collective, informal discussion.  We kindly invite you to this event and to take part in the discussions.

  • Full programme and registration here.

AC/AL plans a publication on these contributions and discussions by October, combined with a discussion on the projects produced in the last four years in collaboration with the university of Aken, stadsregionale samenwerking Antwerp, Leiedal Kortrijk, stad Gent and the Eurometropool.

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