Aida Miron (MFA candidate at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art Norwegian University of Science and Technology), has been invited to participate in The Wohnungsfrage Academy "The Housing System" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin from Oct 22-28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/events/1581172992094358/
"The Academy has three basic goals. The first is to provide students with the analytical tools to recognize the housing system and to see it at work in any of its parts—in a single block, a single building, or a single room—anywhere."
"This housing system is at the centre of the theoretical and practical approach of the Wohnungsfrage Academy directed by Reinhold Martin (Buell Center, Columbia University) in collaboration with Nikolaus Hirsch (co-curator of HKW´s project Wohnungsfrage). Over the course of one week, the Academy will bring together scholars, practitioners, artists and other experts from various fields and disciplines and provide the context for cross-disciplinary inquiry of this system.
Wohnungsfrage (The Housing Question) examines the fraught relationship between architecture, housing, and social reality. It was developed in response to a set of conditions whose consequences can no longer be ignored: the reduction of housing to a matter of real estate markets and property relations; the withdrawal of the state and the subsequent dismantling of social housing; the disappearance of alternative housing models; and, finally, a growing systemic break between mainstream architectural practitioners and the individuals and communities for whom they work.
At the heart of Wohnungsfrage stands the social and cultural practice of architecture. The exhibition is manifold and features experimental concepts for dwelling, research projects and artistic commissions, as well as presentations by and with architects, artists, activists, and scientists. A comprehensive series of publications on historical and current housing models will accompany the exhibtion as well as the setting up of an international academy in pursuit of the possibilities of self-determined, social, and affordable housing.
Wohnungsfrage presents artistic and documentary projects concerned with the history and mechanisms of housing and associated social and cultural phenomena. While it endeavors to showcase existing alternative housing models, some are actual historical projects while others remain speculative. Presented as 1:1 models, the latter category presents the outcome of unique collaborations (initiated by the Wohnungsfrage project) between a host of social protagonists in Berlin—ranging from tenant associations to student organizations, syndicate groups to squatting pensioners—and international architects who designed and executed full-scale prototypes, based on the knowledge produced and the needs defined and argued by these groups."
Wohnungsfrage takes place as part of 100 Years of Now.
[Image: Erbil, Iraq | Identified by UNESCO as the longest continuously inhabited site in the world | © Jim Gordon, 2007, Photograph, CC-BY 2.0]