Legacy Plus: International Dialogue Two

atelier d'architecture autogérée, Urban Catalyst and muf
Weds 3 March 2010, 7pm

International Dialogue Two:
atelier d'architecture autogeree and Urban Catalyst, in conversation with muf

Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu of Paris-based atelier d'architecture autogérée (aaa) and Anna Bernegg of Berlin's Urban Catalyst present their work and discuss successful international approaches to temporary architectural solutions in dynamic urban conditions; suggesting possible precedents for shaping the future of the Olympic Site and its surroundings in dialogue with muf, the London-based architecture and art practice with active projects in the Olympic Fringe.

atelier d'architecture autogérée
Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu are architects, activists  and researchers. They have practiced, taught, lectured, published and exhibited work in Europe, Africa, Canada and the US. In 2001, they founded atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa) in Paris, a participative research platform that conducts collective actions to support emerging cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city. aaa's projects ECObox and Passage 56 in Paris experiment with strategies and tactics of temporary use of urban interstices in metropolitan contexts confronted with social fractures. aaa has published Urban Act, a handbook for alternative practice (2007) and Micro-politics of architecture (forthcoming 2010).

Urban Catalyst
Urban Catalyst is an interdisciplinary platform for research, competitions and publications, that developed from a European research project of the same name, which explored strategies for temporary use in residual urban areas (2001-2003) and was founded in 2003 by Philipp Misselwitz, Philipp Oswalt and Klaus Overmeyer. As a sequel to Urban Catalyst, Klaus Overmeyer founded studio UC as a Berlin based practice in 2005. The office operates in the challenging field of urban development, which is today characterized by eclectic transformational processes that architecture and urban planning are increasingly unable to address alone. By cooperating with an extensive network of experts studio UC succeeds in elaborating operational methods and tools as strategies for complex locational developments. After collaboration, Anna Bernegg joined studio UC in 2009. She works as a project manager and is an expert on temporary use strategies, integrated urban development concepts and creative milieus.

muf architecture/art
muf architecture and art are a London based practice of art and architecture committed to projects that address a variety of infrastructures of the public realm; social, economic and spatial. The work of the practice negotiates between the built and social fabric. Projects range from urban design schemes to small-scale temporary interventions, landscapes to buildings — in a continual dialogue between detail and strategy. muf have recently won the 2008 Prize for European Public Space Award and were nominated for 2009 Mies Van der Rohe Award. This Summer they will curate the British Pavilion for the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Chaired by Joe Kerr, RCA

Image: ECObox – self-managed eco-urban network, 2002 – 2006. Courtesy atelier d’architecture autogérée

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Design for London