Barbara Holub

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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