Theoriesalon #18: Post-Welfare City
May 5th, 2014. Depot, Vienna.
Host: Andreas Rumpfhuber

This talk will explore the possibilities of relational post-capitalist cities and the [lack of] money, focusing in the new ways of production and new technologies to implement small-scale designs that can be catalyst for larger-scale impact. Can innovative economic models and tools such as crowdfunding, and cryptocurrencies affect and transform the role of the architect? How can new practices deal with large uncertainties and immaterial labour translated in precarious work in new urban context? How to transform this dizzying abundance of alternative projects to provoke real structural changes?

Theoriesalon is a loose series of architectural and design theory seminars that aim to challenge the presently expanding concepts of design and architecture. The seminars will be reviewing critical contemporary design practices. Each of the positions that will be presented in the Theoriesalon series addresses interventions in the material world that strive to change our reality in an egalitarian way. Within this perspective, it is important to discuss theory in terms of everyday design practices, including the issue of whether design can be seen as a political practice.

In cooperation with Depot Wien, funded by: BM:UKK

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