On Wednesday, the 5th May at 11:00 CET the first of our Research Colloquia this semester will take place virtually. Our guest, Tom Jefferies from Queen's University Belfast will be talking about „Indeterminate Urbanism“.
If you are interested in the topics of ethics and business in general, don't miss out on the chance of meeting Tom Jefferies and learning from his experience.
Students of Architecture, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Digital Business and Business Administration are more than welcome to join for some meaningful interdisciplinary learning. Get inspired, learn new perspectives!
The Research Colloquium is open to everyone and will be held online. Click here to join the lecture on Wednesday.
About Tom Jefferies
Tom Jefferies, Professor of Future Cities at Queen’s University Belfast is a prize-winning architect and urban designer. Previously Head of The Manchester and Birmingham Schools of Architecture, he has taught, lectured, examined and practised internationally.
His wide ranging, trans-sectoral experience, practice and inter-disciplinary research is the basis for proposing radical symbiotic forms of future urbanism and architecture. Significant experience in running exploratory design-based work generates new understanding of lived space, identifying similarities across diverse regions and places, the importance of infrastructures, situations, aesthetics and heritage, whilst critically addressing culturally generated use patterns.
About the talk
Indeterminacy currently infuses contemporary life, evident in scales from large, loosely defined urbanism through to the fissures apparent in place based practices revealed by Covid 19 and Brexit.
New modes of architectural production require radical inter-disciplinary collaboration, ranging from art practice to space science. This re-conceptualises the boundaries of conventional architectural practice. How architecture can engage with, conceptualise and communicate invisible and unknowable systems, flows, boundaries to frame opportunities of contemporary life?
The work discussed covers extensive and intensive iterations of indeterminacy including:
The loosely urbanised territory along the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland border, its adjacent settlements and associated space. Brexit has emphasised transition and flux with numerous conceptualised and emergent outcomes, often developed in an extremely fluid national and international policy scape and decision making vacuum.
The Plinth Design and development of new forms of digital cultural platform reimaging the creative potential of Smart space in the city.
Projects are used to identify lines of enquiry, methods and approaches to resolving dynamic situations. Reflecting that buildings, landscapes and topography are inherently slower than policy, needing certainty to engage with and effectively respond to change, the work proposes futures that engage with indeterminacy, speed and tension. How can an unknown situation be effectively planned for and what does this look like on the ground? Novel, spatially based approaches to mapping, intersecting with digital and physical technologies, are critiqued and tested through propositional architectural design projects and critical evaluations of policy, financial, political and cultural adjacencies.