The last session of the conference series Common Field is focused on co-existence, on architecture as a frame for rich encounters between different users and communities. If the last decades have been defined by a strong sense of fragmentation among us — a direct consequence of both capitalism and neo-liberalism all around —, it seems that now there is the will to face together the challenges of our time. Our guests are Wilfried Kuehn, co-founder of Berlin-based practice Kuehn Malvezzi, and Clara Simay, co-founder of the Paris-based cooperative Grand Huit. Both guests will introduce specific projects where they have been able to act as designers, facilitators and mediators: from the world’s first house of prayer for three religions to an urban polyculture farm for economic integration and accommodation of vulnerable people.
Kuehn Malvezzi (DE) is a Berlin-based practice co-founded by Simona Malvezzi, Wilfried Kuehn and Johannes Kuehn in 2001. They have realised numerous projects ranging from museums and cultural buildings to mixed-use and residential projects. Current projects include the interreligious House of One in Berlin, the new Insectarium in Montreal, the renovation of the Bâtiment d'Art Contemporain in Geneva and a new building ensemble at Jannowitzbrücke in Berlin.
Grand Huit (FR) is an architecture cooperative co-founded by Julia Turpin and Clara Simay in Paris. They participate in the creation of sustainable, innovative, and solidarity-based spaces; projects anchored in the territories, driven by a multi-actor synergy and activators of the circular economy. They are committed to the development of urban ecology, the reuse of construction materials and eco-materials.
This lecture series takes architecture as a strategic attitude to space and resources. By adopting a critical and optimistic attitude, it can take on reality in radical ways, unveiling contradictions and potential, and developing projects that enable emancipatory ideas, thus building a common field. Such an approach can be conceived as a cumulative process of constant appropriation, imitation, repetition, translation, and re-contextualisation with open-minded thinking - embracing pragmatism and humour - based on the careful review of material reality and social conditions. Exploring these threads will lead us towards a collective form of construction.
Curated by Diana Menino and Felipe De Ferrari.