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Idea by

Lydia Karagiannaki, Gideon Boie, Burak Pak

Brussels, Belgium
Lydia is a recent graduate of the MA Program "Urban Projects, Urban Cultures" at KU Leuven. She has previously worked with New Generations (IT) and the Derailed Research Lab (UK). For the upcoming summer, together with Gideon Boie and Burak Pak (both teaching at KU Leuven) and the community center GC Ten Noey, she prepares Publieke.Salon.Publique, a participatory design workshop investigating translocalised cultures of domesticity.

Publieke.Salon.Publique


Individuality and togetherness in the era of global migration

Publieke.Salon.Publique


Individuality and togetherness in the era of global migration
Co-designing public space as laboratory for intercultural exchange

In Sint-Joost-ten-Noode, one of the poorest and culturally most diverse neighborhoods of Brussels, a participatory workshop reactivates an underused part of the public space. Residents are invited to co-design a “common living room” as a patchwork of cultural references, material and immaterial narratives, artifacts and practices of domesticity. Collective authorship encourages collective identification.

But to operate within such a tense and fragile environment produces much more than an architectural installation. Supported by the local community center and with the architect in the role of the mediator, Publieke.Salon.Publique creates a framework for encounter and inter-cultural exchange. It enables a vision for architecture where the creation of public space is primarily understood as the creation of social space. In the era of global migration and exile, it redefines notions such as individuality, togetherness and belonging. Home, beyond just a tópos, it is moreover a practice.


Initial hand-drawings of the participants' own houses, stemming from different cultural backgrounds.

The Home as a Memory Jug: Memory jugs or vessels were prepared in Victorian England as patchworks of objects from the life of a departed person, at the same time constructing and representing memory and identity.

Prototype #2: The Table, is a hyper-object projected into a public square, a continuous furniture/installation which emerges out of the participants' narratives and contains Italian dining tables, Turkish coffee tables, Japanese kotatsu tables...

Prototype #1: The Sleeping Cabin (first image), occupies an empty plot and contains a sleeping capsule, a public kitchen and a table for neighborhood gatherings.

Publieke.Salon.Publique


Individuality and togetherness in the era of global migration

Publieke.Salon.Publique


Individuality and togetherness in the era of global migration
Co-designing public space as laboratory for intercultural exchange

In Sint-Joost-ten-Noode, one of the poorest and culturally most diverse neighborhoods of Brussels, a participatory workshop reactivates an underused part of the public space. Residents are invited to co-design a “common living room” as a patchwork of cultural references, material and immaterial narratives, artifacts and practices of domesticity. Collective authorship encourages collective identification.

But to operate within such a tense and fragile environment produces much more than an architectural installation. Supported by the local community center and with the architect in the role of the mediator, Publieke.Salon.Publique creates a framework for encounter and inter-cultural exchange. It enables a vision for architecture where the creation of public space is primarily understood as the creation of social space. In the era of global migration and exile, it redefines notions such as individuality, togetherness and belonging. Home, beyond just a tópos, it is moreover a practice.


Initial hand-drawings of the participants' own houses, stemming from different cultural backgrounds.

The Home as a Memory Jug: Memory jugs or vessels were prepared in Victorian England as patchworks of objects from the life of a departed person, at the same time constructing and representing memory and identity.

Prototype #2: The Table, is a hyper-object projected into a public square, a continuous furniture/installation which emerges out of the participants' narratives and contains Italian dining tables, Turkish coffee tables, Japanese kotatsu tables...

Prototype #1: The Sleeping Cabin (first image), occupies an empty plot and contains a sleeping capsule, a public kitchen and a table for neighborhood gatherings.


Idea by

Lydia Karagiannaki, Gideon Boie, Burak Pak
Brussels
Belgium
Lydia is a recent graduate of the MA Program "Urban Projects, Urban Cultures" at KU Leuven. She has previously worked with New Generations (IT) and the Derailed Research Lab (UK). For the upcoming summer, together with Gideon Boie and Burak Pak (both teaching at KU Leuven) and the community center GC Ten Noey, she prepares Publieke.Salon.Publique, a participatory design workshop investigating translocalised cultures of domesticity.