Vienna, 14 novembre 2008
The symposium "Getting specialized" on Nov 14 at Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W), serves as prelude to the progression of the architectural platform Wonderland. Between 2004 and 2006, Wonderland started as a travelling exhibition displaying 99 teams of architects from nine countries.
The second phase of Wonderland, which runs from 2008 to 2011, again carries the main idea of international exchange. It aims at enabling participants to work transnationally on tangible projects and their realisation in Europe.
The assignment for existing and new teams claims: "Make projects happen". The symposium "Getting specialized" explores the chances of specialisation, which open up for architects in contemporary architectural practices. Lecturers, as well as debaters of the participating European countries are going to present examples and shed light on parallels as well as differences. The symposium's results will contribute to the fourth edition of Wonderland Magazine.
Geographic Expansion: So far, Germany, France, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic have been part of Wonderland. The new phase expands to 13 Northern, Southern and Eastern European countries. Each state can participate in the scheduled project spaces with a maximum of eleven teams, and optionally, with one national organisation.
Collaboration in Project Spaces: The new edition of Wonderland is no longer a touring architecture exhibition. Teams and organisations meet in so-called project spaces until March 2011 in order to develop the topic of a future project's study in selected local contexts. These studies are generated for concrete clients representing municipalities, NGOs or private companies.
The requirement for innovative architectural or urban development concepts as well as the interest in realising them back up the criteria for the selection of contractees. Mixed project groups from local and international teams from Wonderland's pool work on the topics. For each study, several scenarios are developed and presented. In a second phase, the groups work virtually via internet, thus completing the projects.
Every participating country hosts one or two project spaces. The results will be shown in a concluding exhibition in Vienna from October 2011 on. Additionally, the planned handbook 'Managing collaborations' will provide an analysis of the cooperations and their results.
Symposium and Kick-Off "Getting specialized"
Venue Architekturzentrum Wien - Az W
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Date: November 14, 2008
- Web: www.wonderland.cx
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