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 on June 21, 2018, A10 new European architecture explored various lessons for architects to help avoid loneliness in the city.
The lessons have been 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, accupunctural 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.
Indira van ‘t Klooster (editor-in-chief of A10 new European architecture cooperative) moderated the event.
- Integrate, share and open up > connect yourself (as an architect) to people, to the problem, the city and to the architects’ community itself
- Mix, facilitate intergenerational relations and generate connectivity
- Create opportunities and sense of purpose > don’t rely on the power of architecture alone, but also on process, program and policy