Salvage City: Making New From Old
Workshop (1 Session)
Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects
Saturday May 8th (Full Day)
This daylong workshop aims at upcycling marginalized, underused or disconnected pieces of our city into a brand new city, much more sophisticated and exciting than the old one. Participants form small groups, which go on a mission in random parts of the city. They meet strangers; gather quotes, notes, objects, sketches, photos or videos. This precious material is then used to recompose an “urban fragment” (architectural, poetic, political or otherwise). This “element” must be a kind of statement and express a concept or an idea – it can be concrete, abstract, infinite, basic, multiple, complex, paradoxical... It can be anything the group wants. Each group presents its fragment to the others. Groups then decide whether they want to connect their fragment to other fragments. Groups must agree on how their fragments should be connected. The nature of the connection must be explicit. Some connections can be straightforward, others may be deceptive, or even become a space in themselves. The end result is a mixed media urban assemblage, a kind of labyrinthine multiverse, made of connected and disconnected parts. It’s a collage city that’s much more promising than the old broken one we started from.
𝘊𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘱 𝘥’𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦́𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘦 𝘢̀ 𝘳𝘦́𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘹 𝘥𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘪 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘶𝘹, 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘴-𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘦́𝘴 𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘦́𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦́𝘴 𝘢𝘧𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘦́𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦, 𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦́𝘦 𝘦𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘭𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘦́𝘤𝘦́𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦. 𝘙𝘦́𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘦𝘴, 𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘦𝘯 𝘷𝘢𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦́𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘦 𝘭𝘢 𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦. 𝘐𝘭𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘶𝘴, 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘦́𝘮𝘰𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴, 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, 𝘰𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘵𝘴, 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘴, 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘦𝘵 𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦́𝘰𝘴. 𝘊𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦́𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘳𝘦́𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘦́𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘯 « 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘪𝘯 » (𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭, 𝘱𝘰𝘦́𝘵𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦, 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘦). 𝘊𝘦𝘵 𝘦́𝘭𝘦́𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘵 𝘦̂𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦 𝘥𝘦 𝘥𝘦́𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦́𝘦 𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 – 𝘪𝘭 𝘱𝘦𝘶𝘵 𝘦̂𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵, 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘵, 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪, 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦, 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘦, 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘹𝘢𝘭… 𝘐𝘭 𝘱𝘦𝘶𝘵 𝘦̂𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘶𝘵 𝘭𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘦. 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦́𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘶𝘹 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴. 𝘓𝘦𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘥’𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘶𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘦̂𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦́𝘴. 𝘓𝘢 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘵 𝘦̂𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦. 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘶𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘦̂𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘴, 𝘥’𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘦̂𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴. 𝘓𝘦 𝘳𝘦́𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘶𝘯 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘪𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘴, 𝘶𝘯 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦, 𝘧𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘵 𝘥’𝘦́𝘭𝘦́𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦́𝘴 𝘦𝘵 𝘥𝘦́𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦́𝘴. 𝘊’𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘪 𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘭’𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘦 𝘥𝘦́𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵.
Matias Echanove co-created the urbz Collective active in Switzerland, India and Colombia. He spends most of his time in Mumbai and Geneva, and always likes to discover new places and people. Matias has developed an expertise in the organization of participatory design workshops over years of work at urbz. He is particularly interested in urban and economic development, mobility, culture and architecture. His work with urbz has been exhibited around the world in biennials and museums such as the MoMA (NY), the MAXXI (Rome), the MAK (Vienna), the Istanbul Design Biennial,the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Sao Paulo Cultural Center, and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. Matias has been invited to present his work, along with urbz co-founder Rahul Srivastava, at institutions such as the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Columbia University, NYU, Princeton, Berkeley, Strelka Institute, the Max Planck Institute and the World Bank, as well as forums such as TEDx, Urban Age. Matias studied government and economics at the London School of Economics, urban planning at Columbia University in New York and urban information systems at the University of Tokyo. He is a regular contributor to publications such as The Hindu, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Domus, Art India and has published a number of essays with Oxford University Press, Strelka Press, Domus (Milan), Tokyo University Press, The Hindu, The Times of India, Time Out Mumbai, and Indian Architect and Builder among others.
Emma-Julia Fuller is a Swiss-British architect and designer working both locally and internationally. In 2014 she founded Atelier EJF, a collaborative and modular design studio specializing in holistic architecture. Pulling talent from all fields to create specifically designed teams for each project allow her to develop architectural concepts in tandem with landscape, mobility and urban planning. Working closely with local artisans from early stages in a project, she creates spaces and furniture that innovate and surprise. She also collaborates with graphic designers and artists to give strong visual identity to each project. Emma studied interior architecture at HEAD and Rhode Island School of Design before completing a Master of Arts in architecture at Hepia. She currently teaches interdisciplinary studios and construction detailing at Hepia and is an active member of the Swiss Architects and Engineers Association.
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