Camp for Oppositional Architecture (CFOA)

Venue: Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Date/Time: Jun 25, 2004 End Date/Time: Jun 27, 2004
Registration Date: May 25, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: May 25, 2004
Paper Submission Date: May 25, 2004
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Camp for Oppositional Architecture

The small part of the built environment that is subject to planning at all is almost completely controlled by the claims of capitalistic utilization: globalized markets and cultures ask for commodified spaces, nation states and corporations require spectacular architectures for representative purposes, the multitude of consumer subjects demands room for individualized privacy.

What’s left to do?

From June 25th till 27th 2004, the Berlin based architectural journal “An Architektur” organizes the “Camp for Oppositional Architecture” – an international, open congress on the possible ways of resistance within the scope of architecture and planning. The Camp will seek to find, explore and discuss oppositional perspectives of agency that criticize the demands of a capitalistic production of the built environment and try to take a non-affirmative part within this powerful contiguity. How could politically relevant and emancipative work on the basis of planning and architecture or with the means of their critique look like today? Are there any possibilities to challenge and oppose the social order from within the field of planning in a productive way? What are the relevant oppositional stances, practices, strategies or coalitions that might be imagined and realized today?

During the Camp a variety of approaches will be discussed all of which enable political agency by linking planning to participation and protest. “An Architektur” invites theorists, offices, initiatives and other groups active within these fields to present and develop their positions together. The Camp will take place in the centre of Berlin. It is intended to set up an indoor village of tents that will provide overnight accommodation --, as well as private and working space.


Friday, June 25
4 pm Arrival and Check-In
6 pm Opening and Welcome
8 pm Public Opening “Oppositional Architecture”

Saturday, June 26
10 am Opening of the internal part of the Camp
Short presentations of participants
Introduction of the working groups
12 am Working Groups
2 pm Lunch Break
4 pm Working Groups
9 pm Public Party

Sunday, June 27
12 am Working out of Theses, Conclusions, Manifests etc.
6 pm Public Presentation of Results

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