Facultad de Arquitectura Desiño y Estudios Urbanos, Pontificia Unversitad Catolica de Chile, Faculty of Architecture KU Leuven
Creative Adjacencies - New Challenges for Architecture, Design and Urbanism (proceedings of the conference) pages:52-61
ADU202: The restructuring of Higher Education for the 21st century in the Expanded field of Architecture, Design and Urbanism
Creative Adjacencies location:Faculty of Architecture, KU Leueven, Campus Ghent date:3-6 June 2014
This paper views ‘creative adjacencies' as one of many context-producing and context-generative agencies that realize ‘locality’ as a property of social life (Appadurai, 1995). It underscores the importance of ‘time’ in this fragile social achievement by illustrating on-going research on rhythmanalysis and locality-building. This study was initiated to help students of our International Master program examine multiculturalism in the Brussels Capital Region. Following Lefebvre’s (1995; 2004) theory on ‘rhythmanalysis’, the initial assignment adopted a methodological orientation that emphasized the ‘lived experience’ comparable to participant observation in anthropology (Highmore 2005: 150). As this lead to a broader reflection on temporality and the transience of urban realities, the study then turned to experimental group assignments on the usage of public space. This exercise began to explore how rhythmanalysis could tap students’ inner knowledge and insights and connect these “designerly ways of knowing” (Doucet & Janssens, 2011:2) with everyday social realities. While study outcomes are yet to be finalized, they indicate that ADU education ought to integrate ‘time’ as a full-fledged fourth dimension of urban life. By including the study of ‘rhythms’ into its curricula, ADU practitioners can re-activate their part in the increasingly intangible – network-, information and media-based – production of locality.
Article is an output realized through the Departmental Research Fund granted to the project "Operationalizing rhtyhmanalyis as a tool for urban research and design".