Architectural
Days

 13
October 2020

curators’ statement

Can we use this particular moment to test other forms of living in a post-pandemic city, in which we are not trying to go back to ‘normal’ - to processes, schedules and spatial arrangements that are optimized for productivity - but in which we instead prioritize fundamental rituals and human needs?

archiweek 2020 Fundamental Acts advocates for pro-urban living in post-pandemic times, by exploring spaces which give priority to the Fundamental Acts of Life, Education, Ceremony, Love and Death. The theme is inspired by Superstudio’s radical proposal in 1972-1973, to bring back and centre stage the great themes of life in architecture.

Fundamental Acts is curated by a collective comprising Brussels-based militant faction of architecture Traumnovelle, explorative architectural design lab humbble and media theorist and researcher Katía Truijen.

fundamental acts

Architecture forms the background of our social activities and in turn shapes them. In order to contribute to any societal shift, architectural production needs to change the tools defined by our current systems that are primarily aimed at maximizing efficiency and production. We are at a time of intense questioning about the future - sparked by covid-19, but simultaneously interrogating the much broader themes of power balances and ecological crisis - and overall the perceived loss of positive perspectives for the future of humankind.

By prioritizing the fundamental acts of human life in the creation of our spaces, perhaps we can start to redefine our common priorities and reclaim a collective power to shape a generous, inclusive world, for future generations and ourselves. These fundamental acts are those which allow us to find meaning collectively and individually; to live, learn, celebrate, love and mourn together.

I. Life

Life, or spaces of domestic life and supporting structure:

II. Education

Education, or spaces of learning and transmission:

III. Ceremony

Ceremony, or spaces for shared rituals and celebration:

IV. Love

Love, or spaces of care and solidarity:

V. Death

Death, or spaces for mourning and memory:

curatorial team

Fundamental Acts is curated by a collective comprising Brussels-based militant faction of architecture Traumnovelle, explorative architectural design lab humbble and media theorist and researcher Katía Truijen.

© Stijn Bollaert

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