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The 3rd Think Space UNCONFERENCE

 11 - 13 June | 2014 | Zagreb | Croatia
  1. What if our cities were able to evolve without money?
  2. How economic flows reflect in the configuration of cities?
  3. How it would look like a “right of the city” initiative in a tax haven state?
  4. Can we design new territories that operate outside the traditional economic guidelines?
  5. Which is the role of the architect within this scenario [if there’s one]? 

The theme Money and its questions posed by the Think Space 2013 | 2014 guest curators Ethel Baraona Pohl & Cesar Reyes Najera will undoubtedly trigger conversations at the upcoming Unconference event. Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for a hundred participants, Money Unconference will enable thinkers, architects, participants, authors, winners, jurors and guest curators from the MONEY cycle to meet in person at Lauba, People and Art House in Zagreb, 11-13 June 2014.

Along with its unique approach in which new forums for thought are created via new design objects, in this cycle Think Space Programme is again leaning on historical discourse that normally takes the form of reflection through writing. As part of the 2013/2014 cycle of competitions, Think Space was calling for Money Papers in the following fields of inquiry: TerritoriesCulture & Society and Environment. Through a vast amount of proposals submitted from researchers, scholars, and practitioners, pieces holding several intriguing topics were selected based on abstracts submitted and complete papers are currenty undergoing the final evaluation proceedure. Selected ones will be published on Unconference Proceedings and presented by their authors in person.

Another asset to the Unconference Programme will be The Money Exhibition, presenting the awarded entries at Lauba, House for People and Art, continuing to be on display after the Unconference event.

The very culmination of the Think Space 2013 | 2014 Money Programme will happen in a form of public Award Ceremony during the Unconferene event. The awarded authors are invited to come from all around Europe and beyond. Think Space team will present them the awards and  acknowledgedements for their exquisite achievements in experimental architecture in front of an international audience and local architectural community.

Embracing both design and theoretical reflection, research of historical precedents and creating contemporary history, Think Space places itself in relation to the past by suggesting how the future should or could be. Positioned at the intersection of the building practice, architectural viewpoints, global and local contexts – the greatest contribution of Think Space is that it helps emerge a nuanced image of global state in architecture.

We are looking forward to meet you in June!




more on money

The Think Space Unconference will enable participants and winners from the three international competitions to meet in Zagreb together with world famous architects, the guest curators and the jurors of the competitions. They will jointly explore the annual theme, the challenges and findings from the each single competition in personal and group encounters.

The unconference entitled Money is planned as the crowning of the entire cycle, which also emphasizes and empowers the impact of just closed series of architectural competitions and allows for high visibility of the participants, winners, guest curator and jurors, supporting organizations and sponsors. On the other hand, the event itself draws program strength from the competitions and being announced and promoted through the competitions attracts numerous of interested participants.

The Think Space Unconference serves both as a platform for experimentation and exchange of ideas and as a physical space/place where network of progressive thinkers beyond cultural, geographic or institutional borders gather together. At the end of the cycle an annual publication will integrate the competitions’ results and the discussions and conclusions from the unconference and following events. At the award ceremony the theme for the next year cycle and new cycle of conceptual competitions will be announced.

This program has attracted so far considerable interest in the world's architectural community. The first two iterations – Think Space  - BORDERS cycle and PAST FORWARD cycle finished with 645 participants, architects of younger generation, from 75 countries and 60 authors of theory papers from 12 countries. We expect further development by the end of 2014.

Interaction and co-creation

An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance. Unconferences came from the realization that "the sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage" (Source: Dave Winer).

It favors discussion and interaction over talking head presentations. Only 25% of the programme will be covered by key note speakers and guest presentations. Past Forward unconference starts with the annual theme, the competitions’ topic and some basic questions attendees can expect to be addressed. From there, unconference moderators bring together a group of participants who are interested and passionate about that topic. Then, on the first day of the conference, these participants build the conference’s agenda and act as its speakers and session leaders. In short, any registered participant at the unconference can lead a session. This way the unconference sessions grow directly from the expertise and passions of those participating. The lack of a preset agenda allows attendees to shape the event to their interests and engage up in the conversations about the things they care about around the main theme.

Past Forward unconference is a forum to talk to peers, learn new things, and build new collaborative networks that will send the participants back to their practices energized and ready to re-think the space.


Past Forward unconference will aim primarily for architects and students of architecture, but others in similar professions like design, landscape architecture, arts and humanities all around the world are encouraged to participate. In particular, the participants of the competitions will have the chance to meet in person the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions as well as other participants who were challenged by the same jurors’ questions. This will be the real exchange of the ideas beyond the virtual one that took place throughout the year.

Participation Fee

Fee includes participation in unconference sessions, conference materials, all lunches, coffee breaks, refreshments and dinners.

Early registration (before May 25th 2014)
Institutions | Individuals - 950 kn | 100 € + VAT
DAZ | Think Space Alumni* | Students - 350 kn | 50 € (VAT included)

20% discount for 2 or more from the same organization, students, free lancers and unemployed...
*if you have  participated in a Think Space competition or submitted an abstract to TS Call for Papers - consider yourself a Think Space alumni.
If the participation fee is not affordable to you, please contact Think Space Team - we work with the principle "offer and contribute what you can "!

What is an unconference?

Many unconference features match the characteristics of the traditional science fiction convention held since the 1930s, events which include many members of the geek community. The term unconference first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference in 1998. The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

What is the difference between a conference and an unconference?

A typical conference usually has a set agenda, guest speakers, presenters and opportunities for forum discussions. If you attend such a conference, unless you’re presenting, your primary role is to listen to lectures or watch presentations, and perhaps participate in some discussion surrounding the focus of the conference or specific lectures and presentations. Evenings at conferences tend to be devoted to socializing, giving time for people to meet with other like-minded folk in a much more freeform way.

Instead of having a specific agenda, attendees at an unconference are expected to much more actively engage in the event.When a freeform conference begins, people write up things they would like to discuss, or things they’d like to present. An agenda for the weekend is then decided, usually with significant break time for small group discussions. Some people post ideas they might like at an unconference ahead of time on the Internet..

Who is participating?

Everyone can and have to participate! There is no strict difference between speakers and listeners. Everyone is free to take a part in discussions and creating of the topics as well as leading the sessions. The rule of 'Two Feet' states that people not learning or contributing to discussion must find a discussion they can learn from by taking their “two feet” elsewhere.

Beyond the Borders unconference starts with the annual theme, the competitions’ topics and some basic questions attendees can expect to be addressed. Beyond the Borders unconference will aim primarily at architects and students of architecture, but others in similar disciplines like design, landscape architecture, arts and humanities from all around the world are encouraged to participate. 

How to prepare?

Only 25% of the programme will be covered by key note speakers and guest presentations, rest of the programme is open for the attendees to create it the way they want.

You do not need to do preparation in order to convene a session. If you have an idea on the day of the event, call a session.There is no ‘right way’ to lead a session. However,  there is a bias towards interaction and discussion. Choosing a format for your session will help you achieve your vision. Do think about the ideas that you want to cover in your session, and how you want to cover them. But don’t feel as though you need to prepare a great deal. Experiment with the kind of sessions you lead. There is no such thing as “failure” at an unconference. 

Read more about How to prepare to attend an unconference.

What to expect?

Expect the unexpected! The topics aren’t predetermined, creating unpredictable and unknown opportunities for learning. Be ready to go with the flow – this event is intended to help you and all the other grantees find the time and space to talk with and learn from each other. The participants of the competitions will have the chance to meet in person the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions as well as other participants who were challenged by the same jurors’ questions.

Yours sincerely, 

Think Space Team

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The partner organization Lauba People and Art House provides the perfect place for the Think Space unconference. Austro-Hungarian military riding arena that was recently transformed into a gallery of contemporary art, will offer the participants of the event an encounter with contemporary visual art completely in line with the conceptual philosophy of the Think Space programme.

The inspiring and artistic space of Lauba Hause where sessions and conversations will take place, will facilitate the exploration of the Past Forward theme and the interaction of participants in quest for disciplinary transformation.