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Lieven De Cauter

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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

  Foucault called the state's concern for the life of the population 'biopolitics'. Now, during this pandemic, it becomes clear how fatal the neoliberal dismantling of biopolitics has been. The dismantling of the welfare state under the guise of inevitable austerity, under the influence o...

I saw it on television hundreds of airplanes grounded in airports all over the world an awesome image breathtaking almost   what a relief for the biosphere what a tragedy for the economy bye bye to the hectic hyperkinetic mobility society the space of flows the smo...

  “Hope is not the belief that everything is just going to be ok. Hope is the belief that, despite the fact that the odds are against us, we can still resist going back, even if we’re not going forward. This can not happen within a capitalist framework.”(Marc Hill Lamont)   For...

THE RISE OF ZOÖPOLITICS   

[Introduction to a Conference on ‘Architecture and War’ - ETH Zürich 2-3.06.2017] This lecture remained unpublished, and will become part of a book on the Spatialisation of Power in a more finished version (with footnotes and more referencing and all that), but, given the Coronacrisis, I t...

KEY FEATURES OF ACTIVISM TODAY (‘Keynote speech’ for a night conference on resistance )

(Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, January 26 2017. Translated and published for our students of 'Architecture and Activism' and for a lecture for 'Prikkel', a weekend of youngsters on radicalism and activism, [February 21 2020]...) (0) We have to learn to look at the history of protest movements li...

End of the Anthropocene

I (The Beginning of the Anthropocene) We don’t know yet when the Anthropocene has begun, but we might be living its end. The beginning of the Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch indicating a strong human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems, is the moment when ‘Man’  - we will ...

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 ...

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