First Think Space Unconference 'Beyond the Borders'
18 - 20 November 2011, Zagreb
The final event of the Think Space programme - Unconference 'Beyond the Borders' started this morning at Lauba. The official opening ceremony started at 1 p.m. moderated by Dražen Ilinčić. The participants and guests of the Unconference were greated by the Zagreb Society of Architecs president Damir Ljutić who is also the Chairman of the Think Space programme, Vanja Žanko, the curator of Lauba, Krešimir Galović representing the Ministry of Culture and Jadranka Veselić Bruvo representing the City of Zagreb. Ana Dana Beroš presented the Think Space programme and Vesna Vrga Perović gave a short preview of the Unconference schedule.
Second day started a bit later due to yesterday's party. Francois Roche opened the day with his lecture which ended up hipnotizing the audience (literally). After him the lovely brothers Iniesta who won the 3rd prize on Urban borders gave a presentation of their work and way of thinking about architecture.
THE UNCONFERENCE - BEYOND THE BORDERS
Following the four rounds of the competitions the final event will be organized with an award ceremony and exhibition of projects submitted during the architectural competitions in the Think Space Program.
Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for 300 participants who will lively discuss the question topics from the competition, the final event is planned in the form of the unconference.
The first Think Space Unconference will enable participants and winners from the four international competitions to meet in Zagreb together with world famous architects, the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions. They will jointly explore the themes in personal and group encounters, which were the challenges of the each single competition.
The unconference entitled Beyond the Borders is planned as the crowning of the entire cycle, which also emphasizes and empowers the impact of conceptual architectural competitions and allows for high visibility of the participants, winners, guest curator and jurors, supporting organizations and sponsors. On the other hand, the event itself draws program strength from the competitions and being announced and promoted through the competitions attracts numerous of interested participants.
The Think Space Unconference serves both as a platform for experimentation and exchange of ideas and as a physical space / place where network of progressive thinkers beyond cultural, geographic or institutional borders gather together.
At the end of the cycle an annual publication will integrate the competitions’ results and the discussions and conclusions from the unconference. At the closing ceremony the theme for the next year cycle and four new conceptual competitions will be announced.
This program has attracted so far (although only at the beginning) considerable interest in the world's architectural community. Urban, Geopolitical and Ecological Borders have attracted more than 400 registered participants, mostly architect and urban planners of younger generation and 1200 projects from 35 countries have been submitted and evaluated. We expect further development by the end of 2011.
THE UNCONFERENCE – INTERACTION AND CO-CREATION
An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance. Unconferences came from the realization that "the sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage" (Source: Dave Winer).
It favors discussion and interaction over talking head presentations. Only 25% of the programme will be covered by key note speakers and guest presentations. Beyond the Borders unconference starts with the annual theme, the competitions’ topic and some basic questions attendees can expect to be addressed. From there, unconference moderators bring together a group of participants who are interested and passionate about that topic. Then, on the first day of the conference, these participants build the conference’s agenda and act as its speakers and session leaders.
In short, any registered participant at the unconference can lead a session. This way the unconference sessions grow directly from the expertise and passions of those participating. The lack of a preset agenda allows attendees to shape the event to their interests and engage up in the conversations about the things they care about around the main theme.
Beyond the Borders unconference is a forum to talk to peers, learn new things, and build new collaborative networks that will send the participants back to their practices energized and ready to re-think the space.
Beyond the Borders unconference will aim primarily for architects and students of architecture, but others in similar professions like design, landscape architecture, arts and humanities all around the world are encouraged to participate. In particular, the participants of the competitions will have the chance to meet in person the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions as well as other participants who were challenged by the same jurors’ questions. This will be the real exchange of the ideas beyond the virtual one that took place throughout the year.
Fee includes participation in unconference sessions, conference materials, all lunches, coffee breaks, refreshments and dinners.
Early registration (before 06.11.2011)
130 € - corporate, institutions
100 € – individuals
Late registration (after 06.11.2011)
200 € - corporate, institutions
150 € – individuals
20% discount for 2 or more from the same organization, students, free lancers and unemployed...
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