Invitation to Crash.Course

Invitation to Crash.Course
At Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)
December 5, 2015 – December 13, 2015

To all interested in learning,

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2015 UABB, as a member of the Crash.Course: Aformal Academy - RE:Learning The City. Join us, and come to Shenzhen for a 9-day, intensive, interactive learning experience.

This is not a masterclass, but a collection of classes for one to master. This week long intensive layered workshop spans the opening of the Shenzhen Biennale and the Hong Kong Biennale official opening, combining to form the 9-day RE:Learning the City – Crash.Course. The participants will attend the lectures of, study with, and mingle amongst the exhibitors, international visitors, and local experts in attendance between the two openings.

Additionally, guided, focused studies will be lead along the way by Mimi Zeiger, Sarah Green from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Marina Otero Verzier, and Liam Young on issues such as architectural criticism in the information age, contemporary craftsmanship and emerging technologies, notions of floating population, identity and belonging and the rethinking of the object within spatial design practice.

We invite students to apply to join in the Crash.Course. We will provide free workshop space within the Shenzhen Biennale site, supplies, links to local experts/topics, interaction with local students/schools, assistance with finding accommodation, and the opportunity to have your works exhibited in the Biennale exhibition and a part of the Aformal.Academy publication.

Please apply to be a part of the Crash.Course - Aformal.Academy at:  

Please include an expression of interest letter [no more than one page pdf], your cv [no more than one page pdf], and a portfolio [not more than 10 mg - pdf].
There is no fee to participate, but basic costs [flights, rooms, etc] are NOT covered by the academy.
Applications are due November 13, 2015. Confirmation will be given November 25, 2015.

Background information:

The notion of learning, like our comprehension of cities, is undergoing a massive transition. As opposed to the classical top-down, checking-boxes, fixed-systems; we need to REread and REform the process of acquiring knowledge. Often people’s defining educational moments are intense, dynamic, diverse moments/experiences/places out of the norms of the ‘classroom’ and ‘school’. RELearning is a spatial and co-creational knowledge exchange, where professors, both foreign and local students, lecturers, local craftsmen, in-town guests, local researchers, exhibitors, and citizens crash together in a free flowing information exchange – creating a process of multi-layered learning across disciplines, for all.

The academy will start by questioning everything. We will REthink the object as the core manner of perceiving architecture and urbanism. It seeks frameworks that enhance the REinterpretation of buildings, the REmaking of our cities, and the REimagination of our daily lives. In the largest metropolitan region in the world, amongst some of the newest and oldest cities, in an area with an ongoing legacy of east/west co-engaging; we will learn by operating within an adapting building, on a transforming city, and amongst an ongoing Biennale. The Aformal Academy is not merely a of series educational workshops parallel to the Biennale; it is a hybrid of learning by making, exhibition, and social space; at once the public at large with the evolving library of provocations and spatial archive of explorations.

The curators of the Aformal.Academy – RE:Learning The City are:
Jason Hilgefort is an urbanist/architect that studied at University of British Columbia / U.Cincinnati; has worked in New York, Rotterdam and Bombay. He won Europan11-Vienna, is part of Future Urban Research group in NL, published in The Architecture of Knowledge, and is regular contributor to uncube magazine.
Merve Bedir is an architect/researcher. She is a Phd candidate at TUDelft; curated One Architecture Week, Vocabulary of Hospitality; produced the documentary film Agoraphobia and is currently facilitating Bostan: A Refugee Garden+Community Kitchen. She has worked with/at NAI, INTI, Studio X Istanbul, EPFL, Archis, African Centre for Cities, and has written for Volume, MONU, Failed Architecture, Zivot, etc.
They are partners in Land+Civilization Compositions, a Rotterdam/Istanbul/Shenzhen based studio exploring issues at the ever expanding edge of urbanism that views city creation as an
In cooperation with Ljubo Georgiev and Hristo Stankushev.

If you and your school are interested, please apply to be a part of the Crash.Course - Aformal.Academy at UABB in Shenzhen.

About UABB school
UABB School which is an important education platform. UABB School will offer a range of courses and activities to the public during the exhibition period and preparatory period.  Aformal Academy – RE:Learning the City is a part of UABB school.

About UABB
Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the set themes of urbanism and urbanization. Co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages international, avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest. UABB is a forward-thinking biennale that focuses on the conceptual issues on urbanism and architecture. With around 770 exhibits and 310 activities since the biennale launched in 2005, UABB has attracted over 860,000 visitors worldwide. The past five editions of UABB(SZ) have investigated a range of themes including ‘Urban Village & Spontaneous City’, ‘City of Expiration and Regeneration’, ‘Public Space’, ‘Urban-rural Relationship and Agriculture’, and ‘Border/Edge’. The research, ideas and discussions have made a significant impact on the global discourse on architecture and urbanism as well as on Shenzhen, a “Vanguard” city.

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