Contribution de Quentin Nicolaï
Quentin Nicolaï, doctorant au sein du centre de recherche HABITER, a...Lire plus
En collaboration avec la Faculté d’Architecture de l’ULB, l'Architecture Association organise une Visiting school sur la question du rôle de l’architecture dans la représentation politique de la Communauté européenne. 8 étudiants de la Faculté d’Architecture de l’ULB auront l’opportunité de participer à cette summerschool à un tarif préférentiel.
Les inscriptions peuvent se faire jusqu'au 20 juin via http://brussels.aaschool.ac.uk/apply/
The House of Politics 2017 is a 10 day research workshop which uses filming as an analytical tool of investigation. The aim of the programme is to address the role of architecture in representing political communities. In practical terms, we will produce short films looking at political organisations that go beyond the boundaries of the traditional nation-state.
The field work is developed in Brussels, home of many supra-national political bodies such as Benelux, NATO and the EU. We will focus on those buildings that shelter institutions of supra-national political organisations and the main case study will concentrate on the European Union buildings.
An understanding of the increasing urgency for supranational political organizations is the starting point of our research. In particular, the EU study case has been chosen as a result of the evident need for a common European political project in a globalized world.
The present questioning of such a project can be linked to the evident lack of identification of the European citizens with its institutions. An evolution of the EU political structures can only happen if the citizens feel that these institutions belong to them and that they have the agency to transform them.
Architecture has a prominent role in visual culture and is crucial to the edification of collective imagination. Thus, architecture could help us to establish a stronger connection between political institutions and its diverse citizens and, in consequence, to create a shared space for political discussion.
During the workshop we will analyse how buildings of the EU institutions perform, with the objective to unveil the hidden poetics in their a priori unappealing generic architecture. The work produced will reflect on how these spaces are used on a daily basis in relationship to their representative roles.
The objective is to question how architecture can be a central instrument in the EU's visual identity strategies within a contemporary context where digital technologies are crucial to the construction of public identity.