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Working Group A: Normative Urbanism - Between convention and differentiation

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Working Group A: Normative Urbanism - Between convention and differentiation

Contemporary urbanism is marked by convention, where the user is assumed to be a generic subject. What ensues from this condition is a tension between the norm and that, which is considered to be outside the norm.

Cities today are confronted with rapidly changing demographics, i.e., the aging of wide sections of the population, a foregrounding of the role of women within the social order, increasing poverty, and more diversified social strata. Thus, discrepancies arise between non-differentiated urban design and differentiated users.

This presents an opportunity to not only question established standards, but to affect a shift away from an understanding of the city through the lens of a universal subject towards a differentiated understanding of urbanism.

Experts

Mark Lee
Moderator Mark Lee Architect, Hong Kong & UCLA, China/USA Read CV »
Andreas Ruby
Moderator Andreas Ruby Architecture Critic and Curator, Textbild, Germany Read CV »
Miguel Almaraz
Miguel Almaraz Architect, Legorreta Legorreta Architects, Mexico
Minsuk Cho
Minsuk Cho Architect, Mass Studies, South Korea
Dirk Hebel
Dirk Hebel Architect, Instant Architecture and Junior Faculty Member, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Germany/Switzerland Read CV »
Simon Hubacher
Simon Hubacher Architect, Neubig Hubacher Architects, Germany
Andrés Iacobelli
Andrés Iacobelli Director, Elemental Copec / UC Doing Tank, Chile
Robert E Somol
Robert E Somol Associate Professor of Architecture, Ohio State University, USA Read CV »
Nader Tehrani
Nader Tehrani Architect, Office dA; Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA Read CV »
Jean-Philippe Vassal
Jean-Philippe Vassal Architect, Lacation Vassal, France Read CV »
Ronald Wall
Ronald Wall Architect/Urban Planner/Researcher, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ines Weizman
Ines Weizman Lecturer, London Metropolitan University, Israel/UK
Sarah Whiting
Sarah Whiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, Princeton University, USA Read CV »
 

Timeline

Presentation of expert papers
 
Forum Details
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“Urban_Trans_Formation”
April 18 to April 21, 2007

Focus Sessions
Workshops
Working Group A: Normative Urbanism - Between convention and differentiation
Working Group A: Normative Urbanism - Between convention and differentiation
Working Group B: Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders
Working Group B: Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders
Working Group C: Green urbanism - Between ecology and economy
Working Group C: Green urbanism - Between ecology and economy
Working Group D: Tourisic urbanism - Between local and global
Working Group D: Tourisic urbanism - Between local and global
Working Group E: Temporary urbanism - Between the permanent and transitory
Working Group E: Temporary urbanism - Between the permanent and transitory
Mobile Workshop 1: Conceptual Tour - Chongmin Island "Eco Island"
Mobile Workshop 1: Conceptual Tour - Chongmin Island "Eco Island"
Mobile Workshop 2: Architectural tour - Qingpu district "Venice of China"
Mobile Workshop 2: Architectural tour - Qingpu district "Venice of China"
Mobile Workshop 3: Infrastructural Tour - Pudong new city and Yangshan deepwater port
Mobile Workshop 3: Infrastructural Tour - Pudong new city and Yangshan deepwater port
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