Freehouse: radicalizing the local in 'A CITY SHAPED'

Stuk, Leuven, Feb 2013

A CITY SHAPED examines and questions new aspects of contemporary and
future city development. Sustainability and ecology seem to have become structural parameters in thinking about future urbanity. Do those concepts and focuses lead to a new fundamental view on the city and urbanism? And is its impact comparable with the integral visions of the likes of Le Corbusier, Haussmann, Ebenezer Howard, Walter Jonas, Archigram, Bauhaus, …? It is clear that the ecological approach puts new emphases in developing urbanity, and yet those sensitivities prove to appear already in early architectural projects and utopian visions of the city. Artefact makes thus way for encounters between different positions and propositions within this complex context.

Above all, the urban environment of the future will be shaped from several policies: international, national, urban, provincial, … But during Artefact, we want to create a dialogue between those visions and the voices of artists, the individual citizen or activist. Quite often, they are responsible for testing and intervening with the ‘official’ urban fabric and related environmental, functional, economic and sociocultural aspects.

With: Rotor, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Agnes Denes, Luc Deleu | T.O.P. Office, Marjetica Potrč, Dušica Dražić, Jean Comandon, Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming, Stephen Vitiello, David Bergé | Elke Krasny, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Lee Mingwei, Pablo Valbuena, Damien Chivialle, Tuur Van Balen, Vanessa Harden, Experimental Interaction Unit

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