During the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the first students who took the new MA Cities course at Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design (CSM) will share the results of their ongoing thesis research with the public. Part of the CSM’s Spatial Practices Programme, MA Cities explores new city-making practices. The course functions as a think-tank for both students and the 200-plus participants that are invited each cycle.
The afternoon is part of a three-day symposium and consists of presentations of the students’ ongoing thesis research and contributions by guest critic Dr Ekim Tan of game designer Play the City. We cordially invite you to join this discussion and the network at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam!
The thesis research outline prospects for action that both fall within and beyond existing urban planning practices. These are developed through situated and collaborative research based on creative processes and designed to implement changes that respond to pressing issues. In their thesis research, this first group of graduates explores the following themes.
- A strategy for ‘unbuildable plots’ in Beirut: Can collectivizing a network of spaces be used to test important social infrastructures?
- Nonhuman agency, climate grief and polyglossy: Can we change the way we speak about urban ecology?
- Queer ecologies, intersectional fashion territories in a global city.
- What if cities were designed by mothers? A design guide for neighborhoods centered on those who care for young humans.
- Temporality and cyclicality in dense urban contexts: thoughts on hyperlocal communities.
- Decolonizing waste: the supply chain and waste in urban decision making.
- Walking in Lahore.
This event is organized by the students who participated in CSM’s first MA Cities course together with Huiden.club and the IABR. Admission to the event is free for holders of a valid ticket for IT’S ABOUT TIME.
Registration is not required.
As part of this partnership with Huidenclub, a new experimental space dedicated to the production and presentation of contemporary culture, there will be a public lecture by Architect and educator Felix Madrazo who will speak about Supersudaca. Supersudaca is a collective critical practice of Latin American architects, founded in Rotterdam in 2001. Saturday 23 September 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Huidenclub, Pelgrimsstraat 5C, 3029 BH Rotterdam.