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Stavros Stavrides

Greece

Stavros Stavrides architect and activist, is professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens Greece, where he teaches graduate courses on housing design (including social housing), as well as a postgraduate course on the meaning of metropolitan experience. He has published numerous articles on spatial theory. His books: The Symbolic Relation to Space (1990), Advertising and the Meaning of Space (1996), The Texture of Things (with E. Cotsou, 1996) From the City-Screen to the City-Stage (2002, National Book Award), Suspended Spaces of Alterity (2010), Towards the City of Thresholds (in English, 2010, in Spanish and Turkish 2016) and Common Space (in English, 2016). His research is currently focused on forms of emancipating spatial practices and spaces of commoning.

His lecture “Urban commoning as a force of socio-urban transformation” will take place on Saturday September 9th at 13:00 pm in the Festival Center on Ebertplatz. Afterwards, the workshop “Bottom-up urban development & civic participation – structures and organisation of Commoning” will continue at 14:00 pm.

 

Research: participatory architectural and urban design, urban commons, social housing, graffiti and street art, urban struggles

Selected publications:
Stavrides in conversation with Mara Verlic, (2016) Crisis and Commoning: Periods of Despair, Periods of Hope, in Spaces of Commoning Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Vol. 18.

Stavrides, (2014) “On Urban Commoning,” in Fr. Ferguson, ed., Make-Shift City: Renegotiating the Urban Commons, Berlin: Jovis Verlag, , p. 83-5.

Stavrides, (2015) “Emerging Common Spaces as a Challenge to the City of Crisis,” City 18.4-5: 546-50

 

Lecture: “Urban commoning as a force of socio-urban transformation” (September 9th)

The process of defining and maintaining the common in and through city life is a process of collective inventiveness. Rules of sharing are being tested in practice, and collective experiences are being evaluated in the course of sustaining new habits. Concrete experiences of sharing happen in the multileveled space-time of the city. Those concrete experiences may sustain but also uproot habits. It is the potentialities of human collaboration and exchanges that are being developed in such concrete urban experiences To reduce those potentialities to the existing or produced norms is to reduce sharing to the rules that limit it. It is important to see sharing and the production of the common as an always expanding area of human action which invents both the ways, the means and the scopes of sharing. And this creativity is possible because “the urban remains in a state of dispersed and alienated actuality, as kernel and virtuality (Lefebvre 1996: 148). Virtuality is the crucial word: for Lefebvre, the city as well as the urban society which inhabits it, is a “virtual object”, a condition of human coexistence full or potentialities. Porosity of boundaries seems to be a crucial characteristic of emerging common spaces. Beyond and against enclosure, space commoning creates open spaces of participation and rules of collective use which give concrete form to the ‘right to the city’. If the dominant urban order is based on advanced urban enclavism, on the enclosure and control of urban spaces, space commoning develops through spatialities of threshold character: thresholds, passages, are spaces which mediate, spaces which become areas of negotiation (Stavrides 2016).

 

 

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Stavros Stavrides

Greece

Stavros Stavrides architect and activist, is professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens Greece, where he teaches graduate courses on housing design (including social housing), as well as a postgraduate course on the meaning of metropolitan experience. He has published numerous articles on spatial theory. His books: The Symbolic Relation to Space (1990), Advertising and the Meaning of Space (1996), The Texture of Things (with E. Cotsou, 1996) From the City-Screen to the City-Stage (2002, National Book Award), Suspended Spaces of Alterity (2010), Towards the City of Thresholds (in English, 2010, in Spanish and Turkish 2016) and Common Space (in English, 2016). His research is currently focused on forms of emancipating spatial practices and spaces of commoning.

His lecture “Urban commoning as a force of socio-urban transformation” will take place on Saturday September 9th at 13:00 pm in the Festival Center on Ebertplatz. Afterwards, the workshop “Bottom-up urban development & civic participation – structures and organisation of Commoning” will continue at 14:00 pm.

 

Research: participatory architectural and urban design, urban commons, social housing, graffiti and street art, urban struggles

Selected publications:
Stavrides in conversation with Mara Verlic, (2016) Crisis and Commoning: Periods of Despair, Periods of Hope, in Spaces of Commoning Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Vol. 18.

Stavrides, (2014) “On Urban Commoning,” in Fr. Ferguson, ed., Make-Shift City: Renegotiating the Urban Commons, Berlin: Jovis Verlag, , p. 83-5.

Stavrides, (2015) “Emerging Common Spaces as a Challenge to the City of Crisis,” City 18.4-5: 546-50

 

Lecture: “Urban commoning as a force of socio-urban transformation” (September 9th)

The process of defining and maintaining the common in and through city life is a process of collective inventiveness. Rules of sharing are being tested in practice, and collective experiences are being evaluated in the course of sustaining new habits. Concrete experiences of sharing happen in the multileveled space-time of the city. Those concrete experiences may sustain but also uproot habits. It is the potentialities of human collaboration and exchanges that are being developed in such concrete urban experiences To reduce those potentialities to the existing or produced norms is to reduce sharing to the rules that limit it. It is important to see sharing and the production of the common as an always expanding area of human action which invents both the ways, the means and the scopes of sharing. And this creativity is possible because “the urban remains in a state of dispersed and alienated actuality, as kernel and virtuality (Lefebvre 1996: 148). Virtuality is the crucial word: for Lefebvre, the city as well as the urban society which inhabits it, is a “virtual object”, a condition of human coexistence full or potentialities. Porosity of boundaries seems to be a crucial characteristic of emerging common spaces. Beyond and against enclosure, space commoning creates open spaces of participation and rules of collective use which give concrete form to the ‘right to the city’. If the dominant urban order is based on advanced urban enclavism, on the enclosure and control of urban spaces, space commoning develops through spatialities of threshold character: thresholds, passages, are spaces which mediate, spaces which become areas of negotiation (Stavrides 2016).

 

 

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CityLeaks Program 2017

Exhibitions, workshops, podiums, lectures and guided tours, performances, urban hacking, murals, installations, etc.

The infopoint of the festival on Ebertplatz is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

  • Information about the program and festival
  • Registration for the Speaker’s Corner (daily from 17:50 to 18:00) at the info point.

Have fun!

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CityLeaks Akademy 2017

CityLeaks Urban Art Festival’s fourth edition stands under the guiding topic of “Sharing Cities”. In the wake of a rapid global urbanization the uneven distribution of resources as well as the exploitation and pollution of the environment have grown into pressing problems. Commercialization and social fragmentation still determine life in the vast majority of our cities. A call for sustainable concepts of urban development as well as a society that is based on commons (common goods) is heard everywhere and the practice of sharing resources, goods, knowledge, experience etc. has been perceived as a necessity by many.

As part of CityLeaks Academy, artists, scholars and citizens jointly set out to explore the possibilities and potentials of a lively, sustainable and creative city. A critical engagement with consumption, space and digital culture is at the centre of the Academy’s debates. Support comes from a number of artists, scholars and experts that will discuss the challenges of a “Sharing City” with the audience. They will elaborate on processes of urban change and how citizens may participate in them; they conduct research on solidary economy, consumption, needs, acceleration and digital culture; and they invite us to discuss these topics in greater detail as part of several workshops. The topics and results of the Academy will be documented in a special process space on Ebertplatz. Moreover, all lectures may be followed via live stream on our webpage. CityLeaks Academy is located right in the middle of Cologne’s urban life. In 2017 it takes place in the Festival Centre on Ebertplatz. A great number of workshops, lectures, panel discussions and guided tours will be offered here.

More information on the Academy’s participants and programme is to follow here!

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Journal "Sharing Cities"

In our journal you will find all sorts of background stories, interviews and impressions from the festival. In the course of the festival the journal will grow steadily and inform you.

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CITYLEAKS URBAN ART FESTIVAL

The festival’s info point on Ebertplatz is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From 1st to 24th September 2017 the fourth edition of the international CityLeaks Urban Art Festvial takes place. Under the guiding idea of „Sharing Cities“ the festival intervenes in the public space of Cologne’s northern city centre in 2017. Above all, the various meanings and forms of sharing within an urban society are focused in the festival’s activities. Fusing the city and art as a motor for thinking about utopias, about new ideas and concepts for urbanity are of central importance to CityLeaks.

The festival is under the patronage of Gabriele Hammelrath (SPD, Member of Landtag NRW)

 

Since 2011 CityLeaks Festival has been a biennial forum for contemporary urban art and culture. The public city space is our place of action and art our medium. We are supported by a great number of local agents and initiatives, but most of all by the artists themselves. They give fresh impetus to reclaiming public spaces in Cologne: House facades are turned into large-scale paintings, performances mingle with the city’s routine activities, light installations and video mappings turn architecture into radiant artworks at night and conceptual art projects intervene in well-ordered urban systems. A total of more than 100 international artists have come to Cologne at the festival’s invitation. Genres like performance, urban hacking, installation, mural painting or new media witness contemporary urban art’s impressive range. CityLeaks reclaims neglected places, plays at extraordinary architecture and aims a participatory art experience. Exhibitions, guided tours, panel discussions, workshops and music extend and complement the festival’s large programme. Collaboration and exchange with local, regional and (inter)national networks from culture, politics, academia and economy just as much as a lively dialogue with citizens, neighbourhood initiatives and the broad public distinguish the festival’s special character.

CITYLEAKS FESTIVAL CENTRE – A SPACE FOR EVERYONE

This September CityLeaks Festival Centre will find its temporary home in a location which could hardly be more symbolic of Cologne’s failed enthusiasm for major urban projects: the Ebertplatz in the northern part of Cologne’s city centre.

In a joint process with interested citizens, Berlin artist and architect collective ON/OFF will construct an organic and adaptable Festival Centre which will turn the square into an arena by way of wooden stands. Visitors are thus given the opportunity to sit down, dwell, work, exchange and make use of a temporary stage. CityLeaks Festival Centre on Ebertplatz is meant as a space for collective thinking, acting and dwelling. From 1st to 24th September 2017 it functions as an open space for artistic, social, sustainable and subversive interventions and also allows visitors to partake in the academic discourse just as much as in the lived practice of urban commoning. Because what is it that makes a city worth living in? How much do I want contribute? How much me is the city? – these are some of the questions that the invited artists and participants of CityLeaks Academy will discuss and work on with local citizens and visitors from abroad.

 

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CITYLEAKS FESTIVAL CENTRE – A SPACE FOR EVERYONE

This September CityLeaks Festival Centre will find its temporary home in a location which could hardly be more symbolic of Cologne’s failed enthusiasm for major urban projects: the Ebertplatz in the northern part of Cologne’s city centre.

In a joint process with interested citizens, Berlin artist and architect collective ON/OFF will construct an organic and adaptable Festival Centre which will turn the square into an arena by way of wooden stands. Visitors are thus given the opportunity to sit down, dwell, work, exchange and make use of a temporary stage. CityLeaks Festival Centre on Ebertplatz is meant as a space for collective thinking, acting and dwelling. From 1st to 24th September 2017 it functions as an open space for artistic, social, sustainable and subversive interventions and also allows visitors to partake in the academic discourse just as much as in the lived practice of urban commoning. Because what is it that makes a city worth living in? How much do I want contribute? How much me is the city? – these are some of the questions that the invited artists and participants of CityLeaks Academy will discuss and work on with local citizens and visitors from abroad.

 

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