East Legon Past Forward - Book Launch & Panel Discussion
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 3:30PM
Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
East Legon Past Forward is a project investigating the spatial, socio-cultural, and migratory characteristics of Abotsiman, one of the few remaining grown neighborhoods of East Legon, Accra, and the implications of urban transformation on it. East Legon Past Forward is a joint project between [applied] Foreign Affairs, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Orthner Orthner & Associates.
The publication presents narrative and artistic field research created in and around Abotsiman, Accra, in September 2018. The team consisted of four students of architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, three students of architecture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and one student of international development from Lund University. Texts by invited authors engage with intrinsic topics at hand such as urban sprawl, gentrification, land speculation, planning and lack-of-planning, demographic inequalities and economic pressures, and the lack of agency of communities such as Abotsiman. The scenario is at once specific and at the same time representational of the processes and interrelationships occurring in Accra and other urban agglomerations on the African continent.
The panelists will discuss the potentials and futures of urban situations such as Abotisman in East Legon, and how existing spatial, socio-cultural and economic heterogeneities could be used and altered to create diverse and sustainable cities for all inhabitants.
3:30PM Welcome address: Rosemary Orthner, Honorary Consul of Austria in Ghana, partner at Orthner Orthner & Associates & representative of the Abotsiman community
3:45PM Short presentations by panelists Baerbel Mueller, Dominique Petit-Frère, David Kojo Derban, Nii-Ashie Adjaye, Namata Serumaga-Musisi, Desmond Appiah
4:15PM – 5:15PM Panel discussion moderated by Juergen Strohmayer, [a]FA
IoA Sliver Lecture by Brian Boigon, Dec.5, 7pm
"Framing, Looping & Projecting
Through the looking-glass of The Interopera"
"You are everything and nothing at the same time.
But if you are in two places at once,
then you are everything and nothing in one place and
nothing and everything in another.
Brian Boigon is a Design Theorist, Artist, Art Director, Writer, Researcher & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design, University of Toronto.
His research is in the hybrid field of Science Fiction, Locomotive (movement) Design and Quantum Physics. Trained as an Architect, Boigon has been involved with spatial productions since 1994 when he
launched the first tween-based virtual avatar town called Spillville (see WIRED https://www.wired.com/1994/12/boigon/
His current research is focused on the invention of a quantum science fiction portal called The Interopera.
He is author of several books including: The Interopera Reader, We Have Impact and Speed Reading Tokyo. Boigon's work is in numerous collections and at the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) archives. Boigon is currently working on his next iteration of The Interopera while teaching and directing the Inner Outer Space Lab at the University of Toronto.
Lecture by Ross Exo Adams: Speculative Imperalism in the Age of Natural Violence
In his talk, Ross Exo Adams analyses the spatial and political conditions currently prevailing in our cities. He considers contemporary power mechanisms, which today tend to emanate from economic and research conglomerates rather than the state. And he demonstrates how, for example, the term resilience gains in significance in unstable times, how it is deployed in connection with new concepts of the human body and large-scale urban development, and how it relates to the idea of algorithmic governance.
Ross Exo Adams is Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Architecture at Bard College. He is the author of Circulation and Urbanization (Sage, 2019) and has written widely on the intersections of architecture and urbanism with political geography and environmental humanities. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Royal Institute of British Architects, The London Consortium, Iowa State University and The MacDowell Colony.
Gerald Bast, Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, Centre for Global Architecture
Lecture and discussion
Ross Exo Adams, Bard College, New York
Andrea Börner, Urban Strategies, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Ross Exo Adams, Andrea Börner, Gerald Bast, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge MooshammerThe lecture and discussion will be in English. Admission is free.
Following the discussion all those attending will be invited to gather in the Atrium for a glass of wine provided by Bioweingut Lenikus.
26 November 2019
7 - 9 p.m.University of Applied Arts Vienna / Auditorium
Vordere Zollamtstraße 7
For organisational reasons we would ask all those attending to register beforehand: email@example.com
Austrian Pavilion / Biennale Architettura 2020
Digital platforms have become part of everyday life. They effortlessly promise us the ability to lead a self-determined, efficient and exciting life. However, their triumphant march across the globe is causing the disappearance of not only “outdated” infrastructure but also the forms of social organisation and relationships associated with them. This shift in values is particularly evident in the current planning of new city districts. Who will determine the relationship between public and private spheres in the future? What purpose do cities serve? Is everything, including architecture, now being driven by the provision of quick pleasures?
These are the questions posed by the project PLATFORM AUSTRIA developed by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, the curators of the Austrian contribution to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2020. The point of departure here is the observation that the direct and indirect collaboration of users, the number of whom should be as large as possible, forms a crucial resource in the development of platforms. It follows that we as users should assert our right to a wide-ranging discussion about our role – as participating or excluded actors – in this new form of city production. This discussion is being initiated by two lectures followed discussions with the audience to be held at the Architekturzentrum Wien and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
WORKSHOP [Human: Computer] INTERFACE Computer Vision
WORKSHOP [Human : Computer] INTERFACE
Computer Vision, Interactive Systems and Creative Coding WHAT:
3-day Workshop on Performative Architecture: facial recognition, body pose, gaze detection algorithms and the real-time manipulation of 3D geometries WHEN:
4th / 6th/ 7th / 8th of December 2019WHO:
the team of the FWF PEEK project CO- CORPOREALITY - Responsive spaces in the era of Biomediality (2019-2021)
Dr. Barbara Imhof, Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme, Waltraut Hoheneder, Damjan Minovski (Angewandte)
Robert Trappl, Martin Gasser (Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence), Alexander Bismarck, Kathrin Weiland, Neptun Yousefi (University of Vienna, Institute of Materials Chemistry & Research)We would like to invite all interested students and teachers to the Workshop [Human : Computer] INTERFACE which combines computer vision, interactive systems and creative coding with architecture.
of the 3-day workshop will provide the basic understanding of facial recognition, body pose, gaze detection algorithms, towards the creation of a concept design for an interactive space stimulated by the physical presence of its inhabitants. The workshop will take place at the Angewandte on the 4th (2-hour introduction) / 6th (whole day) / 7th (whole day) / and 8th (half day) of December
Students are asked to apply to the workshop with a portfolio/website of their most recent works as well as a short statement explaining "why they are interested in participating
" and their current year of studies. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline Extension: 24. November 2019
IoA Sliver Lecture Series 2019/20
Almost all challenges societies around the globe face today are complex, interconnected and placed in a rapidly changing environment. The rhetoric about what is to come is swinging between utopia and dystopia, between nostalgia and techno-utopias. The only fact about the future is that it is inevitable.
The grandfathers of futurism, the Italian Futurists, showed that the future is not only a domain of time but also of ideology. Subsequently the fathers of futures studies developed principles on how to study the future. Hence, according to futures studies scholar Jim Dator: "The future cannot be 'predicted' but alternative futures can be 'forecasted' and preferred futures 'envisioned' and 'invented'- continuously." (Dator, 1996)
Yet, the world as it is has its own impact on the future and according to another futures studies scholar Ziauddin Sardar the relevance of futures studies resides within the present. According to Sadar the value of change in people's perceptions and motivations, channeled into an evolution of present values and immediate action, can only be judged within its present or immediate future.
Looking at design proposing bigger technological and cultural innovations the lecture series gathers thoughts and approaches also inspiring for the discipline of architecture, aiming for a greater world after tomorrow.
Wideshot Design: November 21, 2019
Brian Boigon, December 5, 2019
Anab Jain, (tba)
Jose Sanchez, April 2, 2020
Alison Clarke, April 28, 2020
Monika Bielskyte, June 2, 2020
All lectures are free of charge and open to the public @
University of Applied Arts