Barbara Holub - Direct Urbanism

Barbara Holub, special guest and keynote speaker of the Agora Experiments Collateral Project Photo copyright: Andrea Lambrecht

Artist, based in Vienna; studied architecture at the Stuttgart University of Technology / Germany. Founded transparadiso with Paul Rajakovics (architect and urbanist) in 1999, a transdisciplinary practice in between architecture, art, urban design and urban intervention. Transparadiso is engaged in developing new urbanistic tools and artistic strategies for „direct urbanism“ as third layer in addition to urban planning and urban design.

Member of the editorial board of dérive_magazine for urban research in Vienna since 2003; member of the Public Arts Committee of Lower Austria 2005–2007; president of the Vienna Secession, 2006–2007. Schindler grant, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, 2004; Otto-Wagner-Prize for Urban Design, 2007. Member of the advisory board of Art & the Public Sphere Journal (UK) and of WCPUN, New York. Visiting artist, lecturer, University of Applied Arts Vienna (2014–2016); lecturing at the Vienna University of Technology (since 2010).

Recent publications:

Barbara Holub / Paul Rajakovics. „Direct Urbanism“, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2013 „Planning Unplanned–Can Art Have a Function? Towards a New Function of Art in Society“, eds. Barbara Holub / Christine Hohenbüchler, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2015

Current projects / exhibitions:

„Waste Value Rising“, Kunsthaus Vienna / Garage, 2016 (curated by Barbara Holub); Design for the Pottenhofen Square / Lower Austria, 2016. / / /

Direct Urbanism. The Role of Art and Artistic Strategies for Socially Engaged Urban Planning

Barbara Holub will discuss urban-artistic tools and strategies for creating / reframing / expanding the urban context by addressing urban issues in their complexity of social and societal issues as part of durational urban planning: A method transparadiso calls „direct urbanism“. On the basis of the projects „Paradise Enterprise“ (Judenburg / Austria, 2012-2014, ongoing), „Commons Come to Liezen“ (Liezen / Austria, 2011) and „The First World Congress of the Missing Things“ (Baltimore / USA, 2014) strategies for process-orientated urban planning will be presented and expanded by Barbara Holub’s research project „Planning Unplanned–Can Art Have a Function? Towards a New Function of Art in Society“.

A focus will be laid on the issue of collaboration and participation: The meanwhile general quest for „participation“ often results in redundancy since participants don’t have a say in crucial decisions. Therefore we need to differentiate, who should be involved at which point and in which expertise, in order to further a plea for collaborative practices which can truly act as method for emancipation and appropriation of space between the different roles and contradictaroy interests at play in urban development. The fluid and transdisciplinary new role of the „urban practitioner“ could offer a new approach by switching roles also within the process.

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