Ausstellungen

| Hosted by The Centre for City Ecology with Urbanspace Gallery
| Curated by Elke Krasny

| Urbanspace Gallery
| 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Canada
| Richmond and Spadina

www.urbanspacegallery.ca

Exhibition | 01.09.2014 – 03.07.2014
Keynote  | Fri 02.28.2014 | URBANSPACE GALLERY
Symposium | Sat 03.01.2014 | JOHN H DANIELS FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN

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“The right to the city is like a shout and a demand”, wrote Henri Lefebvre in the 1960s.

The exhibition “Hands-On Urbanism. How to Make A Difference” is devoted to a history of ideas of appropriating land in urban space and reveals potential for initiatives by citizens willing to take action in crisis situations. The presentation is based upon a critical history of ideas about the politics of space. Urban development from below leads to an informal and self-organized production of city, which, however never operates outside the system. Self-organization has always been both a reaction to and an incentive for urban planning.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the symposium “Hands-On Urbanism. How to Make a Difference” brings together activists, architects, artists and landscape planners. In times of crises, austerity measures, and increasing spatial and social injustice, new alignments have to be forged. This different history of urban transformation and the city raises pressing questions about the responsibility of architects and planners and about how we use resources.

The symposium is conceived of as both an exchange of ideas and case studies and a collaborative working towards the production knowledge. A keynote lecture by Elke Krasny on Friday, 02.28.2014, will give a historiographic overview on Hands-On Urbanism since the mid-19th century. Practitioners, architects, curators and community organizers, will share their work from a practical standpoint and talk about challenges they are currently facing which require them to think outside the box and to enter into new, and at times unexpected, alignments and collaborations.

A symposium will take place on Saturday, 03.01.2014. Participants include Adrian Blackwell [Waterloo], Anan Lololi [Afri-can FoodBasket, Toronto], Lucia Babina [Milan & Ibiza] and the community of Brant, Brigitte Shim [Toronto], Arturo Ortiz Struck [Mexico City], Elke Krasny [Vienna], Mark Poddubiuk [Montreal], and Aziza Chaouni [Toronto]. The first discussion will be dedicated to the issues of “The Right to Green”, the second discussion will focus on “Hands-On Strategies”.

Curator: Elke Krasny
Exhibition graphic design: Alexander Schuh

 

 

 

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
08.06.2013 – 08.09.2013, GfZK-2
Opening 07.06.2013, 7 pm

curated by Elke Krasny

an exhibition of the Architekturzentrum Wien

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The research-based exhibition is dedicated to the history of the idea of appropriating land in urban space.
Since the shockwave of modernisation that accompanied industrialisation towns and cities worldwide have had to face some very significant challenges. City-dwellers have always found a number of solutions in crisis situations, they are involved in bottom-up urban development. Self-build and selforganisation, settlements and fruit and vegetable gardening lead to other forms of collective cohesion, neighbourliness and fair distribution. Another world can be planted, as today’s community gardeners are clearly showing.

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Following many years of international research, the curator Elke Krasny presents 19 historical and contemporary case studies of bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havana or Quito. They provide an overview of informal, self-organised collective movements and of the spaces that are created by them. The exhibition shows how decisively small projects have often led, and are still leading, to major changes.

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‘Hands-on Urbanism’ introduces an alternative urban history, one that poses urgent questions about the responsibility of design for architects and planners, and the resource-logic of towns and cities. What do architects do in this process, and what can be learned from the bottom-up in this urban history? Its role ranges from initiative via activism to conducting research. How are urban planning authorities reacting to these developments? The spectrum ranges from the founding of a settlement regulatory agency, via infrastructural measures and tolerance, to measures of support from the authorities, but also the introduction of new laws and legal sanctioning in official urban plans. 

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Hands-on Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right to Green was initiated and curated by Elke Krasny forArchitekturzentrum Wien.

Exhibition graphic: Alexander Schuh
Scenography: Alexandra Maringer

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 \\ Urban Gardening
\\ Kongress \ 1.–2. Juni 2013, 9.00 
\\ Hands-on Urbansim 1850-2012 – Vom Recht auf Grün
\\ Ausstellung
//botanika – Das Grüne Science Center im Rhododendron-Park, Deliusweg 40, 28359 Bremen

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The exhibition Hands on Urbanism presents a series of contemporay and historical examples of ways in which cities worldwide have been dealing with landscapes in urban space.

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LE CORBUSIER REORIENTED JOURNEY 1911-2011

The basis of the exhibition are conversations with architects, artists, activists, researchers and intellectuals in Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome and Vienna. The cities’ distinct qualities, their architecture and their monuments, and the two terms of the Orient and the East triggered the dialogical exchanges.

The Cultural Centre of Belgrade
PODROOM
Knez Mihailova 6
11000 Belgrade, Serbia

www.kcb.org.rs

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ARTEFACTFESTIVAL 2013
13-24 February 2013
STUK KUNSTENCENTRUM LEUVEN

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www.artefact-festival.be
www.stuk.be

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In 1911 Le Corbusier made a reversed ‘Grand Tour’ to the Orient. Starting out in Berlin he travelled to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Istanbul, Athens, Napels, Rome and back home to La Chaux-de Fonds. The English translation turned his Voyage d’Orient intoThe Journey to the East. In 2011 Elke Krasny (AT) and David Bergé (BE) travelled to Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome and Vienna and had conversations with local activists, architects, artists and intellectuals focusing on the urban characteristics and transformation, on monuments and the ideologically loaded terms East and the Orient. Le Corbusier’s voyage reORIENTed 1911-2011, follows these narratives: Elke Krasny composed a multivoiced text-based installation and David Bergé a photographic exploration, aiming to capture transitional contemporary urbanities in a complex dialogue between text and image.

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Photos of the Installation by Joeri Thiry, STUK Kunstencentrum

 

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