Ramia Maze, Meike Schalk, Magnus Ericson

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UTOPIA NOW HERE explores notions of the manifesto through a critical exploration of utopics. U-topia can be defined literally as 'no-place' or 'no where' - the concept displaces our normal spaces and times so we can engage radical difference. Demanding UTOPIA NOW HERE, we speculate on how design can construct spaces in which difference can be imagined, discussed and lived in the here and now. The main action research of the project took place at the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial (themed 'Manifesto') as a temporary platform organizing open dialogs sharing examples and exchanging experiences with local and international practitioners across design, architecture, urban practice and art. Dialogs included Aciliyet Mektebi, Aslı Kıyak İngin, Cenk Dereli, Gökhan Karakuş, Kadambari Baxi and Mabel Wilson, Selva Gürdogan and Gregers Tang Thomsen, Serkan Taycan, Meriç Öner and more. With the aim to deepen knowledge and expand networks concerning manifesting difference, we together explored possible forms and politics of utopic practice today.

Ramia Mazé (project leader) is Professor of New Frontiers in Design at Aalto University, Meike Schalk is Associate professor in Urban Design and Urban Theory at KTH, and Magnus Ericson is an independent curator and project co-ordinator. Discussion group also included Sara Brolund de Carvalho, Hélène Frichot, Maria Hellström Reimer, and Helena Mattsson. Supplemental funding from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStockholm
PublisherSwedish Centre for Architecture and Design ArkDes
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2017
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventMaking Effect: architecture + research + society - Architecture and Design Centre ArkDes, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 14 Sep 201716 Sep 2017


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