Architecture is a discipline situated at the intersection of money and space. It is simultaneously a product of space and money and is itself their means of production. In this sense, architecture, especially a representational one, could be understood as a heterotopia –some place capable of representing society from a virtual point in order to produce new form of society through its own self-understanding, or as Michel Foucault claimed, a specific form of subjectivity. Although Foucault detected individual examples for different kinds of heterotopias in society, it seems today that the idea of a heterotopia started to influence all the places whether in cities or in landscapes. For example, the Occupy movements throughout the world select different places for protesting in order to point the fact that there are people that don’t accept “heterotopisation”of the entire space and its consequential new kind of subjectivity.
But buildings and urban agglomerations are also sensitive to everyday practice of people: their particular needs, desires and decisions, as have been eloquently detailed by Michael de Certau or Henri Lefebvre. The spaces of everyday life function as an “other scene”of architecture where contingency meets abstract determination. There are different uses and misuses of the built environment that can’t be predicted or regulated. We see here a possibility for constructing a new form of understanding architecture as a discipline devoted not only to the design of the built environment but also as a mechanism that opens the possibility for new types of social practice. If space is not understood just as objective, sublime object, but the result of specific historical circumstances, could a new type of architecture contribute toreshaping the meaning of money, and furthermore, culture, society and environment?
We call for contributions that radically propose reshaping the relationship between money and:
1. Territory- Does money produce territories? How do people, with money (or not), invent different strategies and tactics to overcome the limits of territories, passages and exclusion? What are the economic practices generating different type of territories? What would be the result of applying some logics of informal economy towards shaping our idea of territory?
2. Society and culture–What is a city today? Are there social practices outside money reconfiguring the city space? How do pockets of space empty of circulating money (such as Detroit) live, and what spatial practices and architecture they can produce? What is the relationship between money and culture? New social practices relate with trade and exchange beyond our known currencies and traditional economy (such as crowdfunding, electronic money, etc.), and are transforming social relationship and cultural experience in our cities. If we already know, or at least have an idea of the aesthetics of money, then what would be the aesthetics of no-money? As being something symbolic, what if we stop accepting money as a method of payment? What if you find and share the way to print your own money? Or should we accept that "A customized form of money that only one person uses is no longer money "? [Schlichter]
3. Environment–Can we find architecture (in the sense of form as well as in the sense of symbolic value) subtracted by the money driven environment that we experience today? We as humans are the only element of the biosphere system that assigns a monetary value to our exchanges (explotation) with rest of elements. Are we able to overcome this? Are we able to survive within the system if substracting such symbolic element? The symbolic value of money enhances competitive behavior in a race where productivity rules labor activity in contrast with nature, where cooperation is a wining strategy.
Abstracts Submission Deadline:
20 October 2013
Full Paper Submission Deadline:
19 January 2014
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