Making Futures - Chicago Mobile Workshop November 22nd-25th, 2019
Making Futures travels with its mobile workshop to the third edition of the Chicago Biennial - "and other stories..." Mobile workshops are ambulatory learning constellations geared towards dialogue, deep collaboration and lasting relations that hope to expand the traditional field of academic research and its network. Most importantly, these real-time constructions reaffirm the project as an open, reflexive and practice-driven format.

This mobile workshop will interrogate the potential of architects and urbanists to act as caretakers, maintaining, repairing and restoring from objects, materials, buildings, systems, relations to processes, while at the same time being wary of the intention behind these acts: If architecture and urbanism should be practiced as a form of care-taking: Who are we caring for? What are we maintaining?
Moreover, we would like to pose the question to the Biennial itself, up to what extent can a biennial maintain, restore and care for the city and its inhabitants and act as an agent-of-care?

Taking part will be invited participants as well as those selected via an open call. The 4-day programme encompasses visits to the biennial, public readings and site-explorations with local partners.

Anyone can apply to the Mobile Workshop – students from any discipline, practitioners, researchers, government employees, city activists, artists, enthusiasts, etc. Please fill in this form responding to 3 questions: a small introduction (who you are), why do you want to come to Chicago with us (we expect full commitment during the four days) and how do you imagine contributing to the programme.

Application deadline: November 4th, 2019
Selected participants will be informed on November 6th, 2019
Programme starts Friday November 22nd, a.m. and finishes on Monday November 25th, noon.
Participants travel at own costs. The mobile workshop does not have a fee.

Making Futures is an action research project that addresses questions of architecture as a collective form and architecture as a resource. Departing from these two perspectives, it operates as an experimental research unit that advances future paths for architectural practice and education. It was initiated in 2018 as a cooperation between raumlabor and the Berlin University of the Arts on the occasion of the Bauhaus’ centenary.

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