Campaigning Architecture is an international design workshop that campaigns for architecture intelligence that shapes and communicates the ideas that govern the spaces we inhabit.

As cities become more experimental than the institutions that attempt to design and govern them, the value that architects bring to the table lays not so much in the design of physical space, but in the visualization of the spatial politics of control, influence, and regulation of our urban environment. Campaigning Architecture decodes and makes visible this spatial politics in order to help promote strategies to enable alternative worlds.
In 2012, the workshop was based in Chicago and focused on the city’s micro and macro formations in order to reactivate architecture’s role through notions of lobbying architecture, active spectacles, performance profanities, and spatial graffiti. In 2013, the workshop was based in London and focused on the Hackney Wick / Fish Island community in London’s East End—squeezed by competing physical, economic, and political forces—to design a number of self-organizing strategies to promote key community interests while resisting property development. In 2014, the workshop returns to Chicago to build upon our research into the physical and political transformations of the city.
Participants of the Campaigning Architecture 2014 workshop will negotiate a site of spatial resistance in Chicago’s recent past. We will investigate and document why this resistance dissipated in the face of development. From this research we will produce a tactical toolkit to assist future acts of spatial resistance in order to promote supplemental and alternative design strategies.

The workshop is a collaboration between the Architectural Association (London) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Schools of Architecture, and will be taught by instructors from both Schools. The workshop attracts pragmatic idealists wishing to explore alternative forms of practice that creatively and collaboratively engage our peers, our communities, and our world. These include students, recent graduates, and young professionals in the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape, design, and related fields.

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership Fee. This does not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance, as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop offers a special 20% “Early Bird” discount if you apply and pay in full before the 1st March 2014. This “Early Bird” fee is £568 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership Fee.



Event Details:

  • When: 

    Monday, June 16, 2014
    10:00 am

  • Where: 

    UIC School of Architecture
    845 W. Harrison Street
    Chicago, Illinois

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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