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This blog is an open source learning platform for our students, first from RITCS, school of arts, and now for our students from the Faculty and Department of Architecture KU Leuven (campus Heverlee, campus Sint-Lucas architectuur Ghent and campus Sint Lucas architectuur Brussel). Themes of this blog: everything that is urgent. Keywords are: activism, the defence of the commons, heterotopia, utopia, swarm intelligence, self organisation, para-architecture, urbanity and civil war, camps, etc. This is an experiment in open classes, in public education (growing up in public), a practice of commoning of knowledge(s). This is ideally a digital common in form and content. Lieven De Cauter & Gideon Boie

End of the Anthropocene

On January 29th of January at 6pm I speak about acceleration and collapse in the Anthropocene with Rudi Laermans and Laurent de Sutter, in the frame of the RITCS Research Week, FUTURES NARRATIVES. Here the text that will nourish our conversation. Welcome (and welcome to the Anthropocene)! &nbs...

Dis-closures of the commons (Proposal for a new concept)

In the chapter on ‘the creation of the urban commons’, in his book Rebel Cities, the social geographer David Harvey admits that commons might need enclosures: “There is much confusion over the relationship between the commons and the supposed evils of enclosure. In the grander scheme of things (a...

In light of the urgencies of the present times, in light of the Anthropocene, the age where Man’s ecological footprint can be read into the geological layers of our planet (for it is geologists who came up with the term Anthropocene) and has become so big it is destroying his entire habitat and i...

House of Time Brugge: lokale common of hipsterattractie?

Op een schiereiland langs de kanalen van de historische Brugse binnenstad wordt er nieuw leven geblazen in het gebouw van de oude Gistfabriek (site DuPont). Het project ‘House of Time’ moet deze plek herprogrammeren en activeren tot een ontmoetings- en productieplek door en voor jongeren. Of hoe ...

Humans are part and parcel of the great global common which is the biosphere, the ecosystem of planet earth. Some call it Gaia (Like Stengers and Latour). On this planet earth the human species has become the predominant species, insofar as an entirely new geological epoch has been named after ‘M...

Toothpaste and Taboo. (First letter to the newcomers of Cinemaximiliaan)

google cinemaximiliaan image   first letter to the newcomers of Cinemaximiliaan (and all the other newcomers that we are forever and a day). The second day of my residency at Cinemaximiliaan (as house philosopher say) I suddenly got fed up with having no toothpaste. I had aske...

On the edge of activism and profit

During our many discussions and couch-talks concerning activism, part of the courses of the elective “activism and architecture” in the WTC buildings in Brussels,  it became apparent there is an odd schism between the corporate world and the world of activism. In a sense this is a very logical de...

Questioning the role of the architect in society

In this subject of Architecture and Activism, because of the discussions, open classes, cases presented I began to question even more the role of the architect within the matter of decent housing and in this text I’ll approach very briefly the contradiction regarding the housing deficit in Brazil...

There is Hope for Mamadou.

Perhaps it is my upbringing or just unlucky genetics heritage that I am a cynical person. So far I have not been impressed by human interactions (read observations). It is not hard to imagine that I am not the biggest fan of any sort of activism which is what I was hoping to change by participati...

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