Manifesto Architecture of Connection, 21.06.2018, Amsterdam

Mix, Open up, Share – How to define an architecture of connection?

Loneliness is being recognized as an epidemic across the globe: international press shares scientific proof of the detrimental effects of loneliness on people’s health and life expectancy; numerous campaigns and organizations are seeking for the remedy of social isolation, and the UK has recently appointed the world’s first minister for loneliness. During the WeMakeTheCity-event at Pakhuis de Zwijger, A10 new European architecture will set up a Manifesto that highlights lessons for architects to help avoid loneliness in the city.

The lessons will be provided by architects from Greece, Germany, Turkey, The Netherlands and France, as well as from the audience. Ranging from competitions proposals to recently built or ongoing projects and from small, acupunctural solutions to city-scale initiatives, these projects will expose the diversity of possible approaches, but also the importance of combining the designers’ out-of-the-box thinking with their ability to connect various urban actors in order to make things happen.

Anna Yudina (France) will expose the multiple facets of urban disconnect and how they are addressed in cities across France. Case studies include a social housing block in Lille shaped around a string of shared multi-use spaces that encourage interaction between neighbours; a new capsule residence for the students of a free-tuition web development school who would otherwise be unable to afford accommodation in Paris; a well-known art foundation opening its outpost in a notorious suburb… and more.
Olga Ioannou (Greece), principal at Ioannou-Karvelas architects and urban design lecturer at the National Technical University of Athens, will share her experience with bringing change to Elaionas, a post-industrial area in Athens, Greece, which became home to marginalised social groups and illegal activities and presented a massive challenge for those attempting to regenerate it.
Stefanie Heublein (Goethe Institute Prague, Czech Republic) will introduce Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, an initiative that has brought together 11 organisation from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia to create a space for architecture, art, urbanism and the sharing economy and contribute to the transformation of urban life.
Peter van Assche (Netherlands, Bureau SLA). BloemkoolburenBond and Contemporary neighbourhoods – winning entry Almere in Who Cares Competition

Indira van ‘t Klooster (editor-in-chief of A10 new European architecture cooperative) will be moderating the event.

Draft Manifesto in the making:

  • Integrate
  • Mix
  • Open up
  • Share
  • Facilitate intergenerational relations
  • Generate connectivity
  • Create opportunities and sense of purpose

The Manifesto on how architects can contribute to an Architecture of Connection, based on the case studies of this evening, will be published and elaborated on shortly after the event.