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UTOPIAA—A Festival For Recreational Architecture

UTOPIAA—A Festival For Recreational Architecture

On the weekend of July 25 & 26, Gray Area is proud to present in partnership with the Architectural Association and California College of the Arts, a transcontinental gathering of leading creatives in art, architecture and design for UTOPIAA, a new online festival dedicated to boldly reimagining architecture and spatial practice in response to the ongoing global pandemic. Curated by the Architectural Association’s new AA Visiting School San Francisco in residence at Gray Area, this two-day event will feature live workshops, panel discussions, online exhibitions and other activities staged in virtual space for audiences in the Bay Area, London and beyond, bringing together the respective institutions’ communities of innovators, designers, architects and academics for a critical conversation about the future of the cities and spaces we inhabit.

The lineup includes leading architects and creatives from the Bay Area, London and beyond:

  • AA Archives
  • Antje Steinmuller, CCA
  • Betty Ng, COLLECTIVE
  • Dasha Ortenberg
  • David Greene, LAWuN
  • Eddie Farrell
  • Janette Kim, CCA
  • Jason Campbell, UC Berkeley
  • Joshua Harskamp, The TEMPLE Show
  • Julia Tcharfas
  • Keith Krumwiede, CCA
  • Lucy Moroney, Eidetic Space
  • Mei-Lan Tan, Ume Studio
  • Mo Twine
  • Nara Ha
  • Neeraj Bhatia, CCA
  • Pati de Souza Leão Muller
  • Patrick Morris, iiode.live
  • San Francisco Art Institute Archives
  • Space Industries
  • Tamara Jafar
  • Tim Ivison, Sci-Arc
  • Tommy Haddock, Haddock Studio

As the arts and culture remain in a state of suspension in the summer of 2020, UTOPIAA explores this new contemporary landscape through the lens of utopia to activate the architectural imagination for radical transformation. The programming offers a diversity of critical perspectives that are urgently needed to interrogate the broad cultural shifts of civic and cultural life migrating online, accessed from domestic environments that have rapidly absorbed all functions of work, play, discourse, activism and more.

This festival was designed by AA Visiting School San Francisco & Gray Area to experiment with new formats of discourse and community building in this historical moment that demands the restructuring of public and private spaces. It provides a third space to creative communities in absence of the physical studio environment, a uniquely accessible platform to empower a different set of voices to advance design discourse beyond traditional channels and ideas.

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Cite: "UTOPIAA—A Festival For Recreational Architecture" 16 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/943951/utopiaa-a-festival-for-recreational-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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