For the new edition of the AUDITORIUM lecture series, Stad en Architectuur vzw is looking for a curator/curators who can create a programme centered on this edition's topic “SLOW SPACE”. AUDITORIUM 21/2 will run from October 2021 to May 2022. Stad en Architectuur vzw is inviting interested candidate curators to apply.
Stad en Architectuur vzw has been organising the AUDITORIUM lecture series since 2001 in cooperation with the department of Architecture of K.U. Leuven. This series has been bringing together a wide range of experience and expertise and centres around a common theme. International design and architecture firms present through their own projects answers to major social and cultural challenges facing the world today. The series will feature a mix of renowned designers and up-and-coming architectural talents on the verge of their international breakthrough.
The central theme “SLOW SPACE”
The next AUDITORIUM lecture series will focus on the theme of "SLOW SPACE".
We aspire living in a dynamic and vibrant city, where people live, work, shop, play, a city that is thus a source of inspiration for all. But in today's fast-moving world, we also need 'slow spaces', places where we can pause, slow down, meet and truly connect. How can we inject a sense of calm into the shared space of the city?
Shared space - both in the public domain and in (semi) public buildings - is often claimed unilaterally by one or another user. Cyclists, pedestrians, residents, motorists and various user groups demand their space, which leads to conflicts. Where is the balance in justified appropriation? Is this space not rather a "soft" category to be negotiated, or a "hard" object to be marked and defended? We notice a transition towards softer boundaries, a shift towards shared space that you, as a user, can no longer claim on your own. Different disciplines are interwoven, new frictions and shifting processes are taking place.
We are looking for slowed-down space in order to experience new urbanity, without being exposed to too many stimuli. How could we achieve 'slow space' by striving for recognition and quality in a craftsmanlike sense? Slow space includes principles of local eating and shopping, of preserving local crafts, of more greenery in the city, of soft mobility. How can we provide injections of tranquillity through the commonness of small-scale local production or the quality of flexible living in lively neighbourhoods? Which spatial models searching for a coherence of local production, diversified living and well-considered mobility, can lead us to 'slow spaces'?
The lecture series wants to zoom in on strong practical examples of soft spaces that we are looking for in the experience of the city.
The theme ‘SLOW SPACE’ is merely a trigger for the curator to start working with concepts on architecture in relationship with the outside, which he translates into a relevant, coherent list of speakers. The theme for this lecture series functions as a connection in an international context and leaves ample space for variation. Guest speakers not only show experimental design, but also tangible results through completed projects.
What part does the curator play?
The curator develops and organizes a lecture series of six lectures in total in consultation with Stad en Architectuur.
The assignment consists of creating a shortlist of potential speakers, creating a coherent programme based on the theme ‘SLOW SPACE’ and the shortlist of speakers, booking said speakers, writing promotional texts, hosting the speakers during the lecture-events, welcoming and introducing them and conducting Q&A’s.
Who can apply?
Stad en Architectuur would like to invite anyone who
• has a detailed knowledge of current international developments in contemporary architecture
• is available to organise the entire project and can take part in any and all meetings concerning the project.
Stad en Architectuur is inviting candidates to apply with a full proposal of lecture series by shortlisting a number of design agencies and motivating that shortlist.
Stad en Architectuur is inviting candidates to send their application until Sunday April 18, 2021, 24:00.
Interested parties can send their application to Kristel Putseys, Rijschoolstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the information related to this competition here.
TitleCall for Curator lecture series Auditorium 21/22 - Slow Space
TypeCall for Submissions
Registration DeadlineApril 18, 2021 11:30 PM
Submission DeadlineApril 18, 2021 11:30 PM
Venueaula KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium
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