Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse

Broadcasting live from Geneva


Archipelago-architectures for the multiverse
From May 6, 2021 until May 8, 2021
Organized by two schools of the HES⁠-⁠SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (Geneva)—HEAD, Geneva School of Art and Design and HEPIA, Geneva School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape—Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse is the first edition of a digitally-anchored international event arising from a partnership between three departments— architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture—that will be broadcast from May 6 to 8 in Geneva.
Archipelago’s first manifestation is intended to be a pause for disaffiliated inquiry, bringing participants together on issues within and without contemporary design discourse, to investigate the range of possibilities for teaching and research. The event proposes an approach based on archipelagic thinking as a reaction to the dominance of continental modes of investigation.
Structured over three days, Archipelago employs a series of prompts to conceptualize concrete paths forward. The conversations are framed by and disseminated from the urban context of Geneva, presented through a purpose-built scenography that is itself an archipelago of variant capacities, connected and interwoven by the activity of online and in-person participants. Archipelago is intended as an experimental ground for participants to break with academic genealogies and bring many margins into relationship.
Programme
Thursday, May 6: Do We Need to Build?
Archipelago's broadcast will begin by challenging the assumption that disciplinary concerns within interiors, architecture, and landscape need always to produce material interventions. What are the ways that practitioners, teachers, and researchers can foster a critical approach towards their work, to step up or step back?
  • Welcome Remarks and Director’s Address (6:00–6:30pm CEST)
  • CLAIRE BARIBAUD, JEAN-PIERRE GREFF, FRANÇOIS ABBÉ-DECARROUX
  • Conversation: What Should We Build? (6:30–7:45pm CEST)
  • SEPAKE ANGIAMA, MARINA OTERO, CATHERINE INCE, NATACHA GUILLAUMONT, NICOLAS PHAM, MATEVZ CELIK, LEV BRATISHENKO, ANTON BELOV, JAVIER FERNANDEZ CONTRERAS
    Moderated by VERA SACCHETTI
  • Scenography Tour (8:00–8:30pm CEST)
  • ROMAIN LEGROS, ALICE PROUX, SOPHIE HERZOG, VIVIANE MENTHA, EMMA FULLER
    Moderated by YOURI KRAVCHENKO
    In French
  • Film Screening (8:30pm–10:00pm CEST)
  • HOMO URBANUS: SHANGHAI
    By ILA BÊKA and LOUISE LEMOINE
    Friday, May 7: Understories—What Remains Hidden in Plain Sight?
    On the second day, the broadcast will explore the knowledges, systems, and stories that are hidden in plain sight. Whether emergent or there since the very beginning, what narratives have been canonically excluded or under-represented?
  • Conversation: Territories of Intervention (2:30–3:50pm CEST)
  • DANIEL ZAMARBIDE, CHARLOTTE TRUWANT, JUSTINIEN TRIBILLON
    Moderated by MERIEM CHABANI
    In French
  • Workshop Report (3:50–4:10pm CEST)
  • PROMENADES
    By LÉMAN ARCHITECTURES CONNEXIONS
    In French
  • Conversation: Extractive Systems (4:25–5:25pm CEST)
  • Introduction by LÉOPOLD LAMBERT
    SOFIA PIA BELENKY, FRANCESCO SEBREGONDI, MANIJEH VERGHESE
    Moderated by ELISE MISAO HUNCHUCK
  • Film Screening (5:25pm–5:50pm CEST)
  • THE COSMOGONY OF (RACIAL) CAPITALISM
    By DELE ADEYEM
  • Conversation: Other Stories (6:05–7:25pm CEST)
  • SILVIA FRANCESCHINI, CRUZ GARCIA and NATHALIE FRANKOWSKI (WAI ARCHITECTURE THINKTANK), DELE ADEYEMO
    Moderated by ALA TANNI
  • Film Screening (7:25pm–8:10pm CEST)
  • POST-CAPITALIST ARCHITECTURE TV
    By JOAR NANGO
  • Conversation: Planetary Narratives (8:25–9:50pm CEST)
  • Introduction by VALÉRIE CABANES
    JANE HUTTON, MARCO FERRARI, RANIA GHOSN
    Moderated by ELISE MISAO HUNCHUC
  • Film Screening (9:50pm–10:00pm CEST)
  • ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
    By DESIGN EARTH
    Saturday, May 8: Interdependency—New Disciplinary Narratives
    The final day of the broadcast will consider methods and models for moving forward in practice. How do disciplines and their boundaries change when we center kinship, collaboration, and mutual care? What do/can these terms mean?
  • Conversation: Kinship & Advocacy (2:30–3:50pm CEST)
  • Introduction by ADRIAN LAHOUD
    ESTHER M. CHOI, CHARLOTTE MALTERRE-BARTHES, MARIE-LOUISE RICHARDS
    Moderated by ELISE MISAO HUNCHUCK
  • Workshop Report (3:50–4:05pm CEST)
  • THE MICROBIAL BATHHOUSE
    By SERINA TARKHANIAN
  • Workshop Report (4:05–4:15pm CEST)
  • CRAFTING NARRATIVES THROUGH REPAIR
    By CYNTHIA DENG and ELIF EREZ (BAGS)
  • Conversation: Working With (4:30–5:50pm CEST)
  • Video introduction by CÉLINE BAUMANN
    CÉLINE BAUMANN, MATIAS ECHANOVE (URBZ), COLLECTIF GALTA
    Moderated by MERIEM CHABANI
    In French
  • Workshop Report (5:50–6:05pm CEST)
  • ECOLOGIES OF NON-DESIGN
    By EMMA KAUFMANN-LADUC and LAURO NÄCHT
  • Workshop Report (6:05–6:20pm CEST)
  • SWISS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS AND ARCHITECTS - SALVAGE CITY: MAKING NEW FROM OLD
    By MATIAS ECHANOVE and EMMA-JULIA FULLER
  • Book Discussion (6:45pm–7:20pm CEST)
  • MORE-THAN-HUMAN
    By ANDRÉS JAQUE, MARINA OTERO VERZIER, LUCIA PIETROIUSTI, LISA MAZZA
  • Conversation: New Roles, New Practices (7:20–8:15pm CEST)
  • MARIANA PESTANA, ANN LUI, POOJA AGRAWAL
    Moderated by ALA TANNIR
  • Workshop Report (8:30–8:45pm CEST)
  • CONFLATING REALMS
    By CINDY DUAN
  • Closing Remarks (8:45–9:40pm CEST)
  • ALA TANNIR, MERIEM CHABANI, ELISE MISAO HUNCHUCK, VERA SACCHETTI
  • Performance (9:40–10:15pm CEST)
  • !R7!MP by HPO