[Pro]active architecture - Citizenship | Society | Economy Studio

The studio is an experimental laboratory for rethinking spatial processes by examining key issues such as citizenship, society and economy. In this sense, architecture is perceived as an agency of civil organizations challenging the physical, social and political contexts. This critical standpoint examines the role of architecture as an agent of cultural and social change in complex spaces, including borders, temporary and restricted environments of political, economic and ethnonational conflicts. The architectural discussion of these disputed environments challenges the relationship between sociopolitical attributes and spatial structures. It mainly traces the historical conflicts and social inequalities embedded in the state's cultural landscape. Drawing on the theoretical framework, the spatial intervention unpacks the intricate interaction between agencies while identifying the potential properties embedded in the physical site. The theoretical planning process is grounded in mapping and re-examining the various agencies operating in the space. It seeks to challenge the relationship between the top-down and bottom-up mechanisms prevailing the state's socioeconomic and political power. The gap between such mechanisms serves as an excellent venture to examine architecture as an act of citizenship.
Studio facilitation
Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Schwartz
Arch. Ziv Leibo
Research Tutors
Dr. Ronen Ben Arie
Arch. Elad Horn

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