Positionen & Perspektiven – „Anders Arbeiten“

Mittwochabend-Vortrag am 27. Januar 2021, 18 Uhr c.t.



Maarten Gielen
Rotor, Brüssel
„A moment of hesitation“

Marina Otero Verzier
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
„Political Practices in Architecture: Borders, Bodies, Spaces

Maarten Gielen

Rotor is a multidisciplinary association specialized in material flows and reuse strategies. Rotor fosters the debate on questions related to resources, waste and obsolescence in the building sector through applied research projects, exhibitions, conferences and publications. Representing Belgium at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2010, their exhibition Usus/Usures explored wear as a reaction to use and a potentially creative architectural process. In 2013 they curated the Oslo Architecture Triennale, including a vast exhibition on the challenges facing ’sustainable’ architecture today, Behind the Green Door. Rotor’s approach consistently—and very often visually—emphasizes the effects of human planning, oversight, and extended use on the built environment.

Maarten Gielen co-founded Rotor in 2006 where he currently works as a designer, researcher and manager. Drawing on a 10-year experience in deconstruction, logistics, architecture & building design with used materials, Maarten currently manages the spin-off Rotor DC (Deconstruction), which he co-founded in 2014.

Marina Otero Verzier

In her talk Marina Otero Verzier will focus on programs that underlie certain architectural practices –critical or professional- and that are present, and visualized, through architecture in the public sphere of the city, the media or in other networks. The analysis is directed, fundamentally, towards the use of architecture and its instruments to give form and image to social, political or ideological projects. Based on the projects she has been involved in the last years, she will analyze the political implications of architectural practice alongside its possibilities and will ask, to what extent do these practices hold a subversive potential?

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is the Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) in Rotterdam, the Dutch institute for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture.Previously, Marina was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X. She studied at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid, Columbia University GSAPP and in 2016, she received her PhD at ETSA Madrid.

As Director of Research at HNI, Marina works to acknowledge and give visibility to research projects, practices, and initiatives, whose success is understood in their ability to offer departures from established modes of thinking. In this light, she leads initiatives such as ‘Automated Landscapes’ (focusing on the emerging architectures of automated labour), ‘Architecture of Appropriation’ (on squatting as spatial practice), and ‘BURN-OUT. Exhaustion on a planetary scale’ (aiming to instigate other forms of coexistence, sensibility and care for multispecies, collective bodies).

Über die Veranstaltungsreihe

Im Wintersemester 2020/21 wird sich ein Teil der traditionellen Mittwochabend-Vorträge des Fachbereichs Architektur der Technischen Universität Darmstadt mit der Zukunft von Architektur in Lehre, Forschung und Praxis befassen, um eine umfassende Diskussion über eine zeitgemäße und zukunftsweisende Ausrichtung des Fachbereichs anzustoßen.

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Eine Anerkennung von Fortbildungspunkten für die Architektenkammer Hessen ist für die Vorträge ab dem 2.12.2020 möglich. Nähere Informationen auf der Webseite.

Links: Selective salvage of interior finishings for onsite reuse, AG Campus, Brussels, 2020. ©Rotor / rechts: Architecture of Appropriation. On Squatting as Spatial Practice. © Het Nieuwe Instituut
Links: Selective salvage of interior finishings for onsite reuse, AG Campus, Brussels, 2020. ©Rotor / rechts: Architecture of Appropriation. On Squatting as Spatial Practice. © Het Nieuwe Instituut