Reopening the Split Case - begins on Monday 9/09/2019.

Reopening the Split Case 

Split, 9- 16.9.2019
the second Split Case architectural and urban design-research co+re workshop
from centrality, the complexities of life in/of Diocletian’s Palace (The Split Case, 2011)
to pleasures of everyday life, the pleasures of urban life: sun, sea, body, mind; Reopening the Split Case 2019
Reopening the Split Case seeks and values innovation in both discovery and creation of (pre)conditions for good urban life. Thisworkshop values equally seeking, finding, observing, exploring, understanding, (re)conceptualising and helping new qualities of life to emerge. The participants will be both (re)searching the existing pleasures of everyday life and (re)imagining new kinds and levels of quality in Split, within the framework of the right to the city, the quality of life beyond bounds of consumption.
The rigour of critical and creative thinking will be employed to test the working hypotheses, discoveries and proposals.
A general overview and opening questions
We have become accustomed to lives divided into work, rest and leisure. Our time gets fragmented into clearly and narrowly
specialised segments. These fragments of time lend themselves to measurement, control and monetisation, making the purchase and selling of our lives possible. In that world, what can not be measured, controlled, monetised and offered to market has no value.
The residual gets proclaimed inferior, taken for granted and neglected. Current practices of production of space prove unable address the complexity of the urban by reducing it to mere economy. Urbanism gets reduced to the banality of management, efficiency and control, devoid of any chance to tackle the core issues behind crises we are experienced today. The workshop asks:
What if it does not have to be that way?
To (re)gain credibility, the concepts of sustainable and smart development need to reach beyond econo- and techno- centric
simplifications. Redefined in the spirit of true interdisciplinarity, they need to deal with undiluted issues of quality of life.
The bottom-up politics of urbanity, the non- competitive being- with fellow citizens and the sense of urban community are centralto the urban. When exercised as such, they pose the greatest threat to the ruling Society of Spectacle (Debord, 1967;  1988). The notion of sensuality introduces an important dimension to the new, much needed theoretical framework for action. Having seen the ideas of “sustainable” and “smart” development appropriated, sanitized and tamed by the mantra of neoliberal capitalism,
it is fundamental not to let the same to happen to the complexity of human being itself, to our total, sensual selves.
Why is sensuality so subversive to the dominant development paradigm?
The Spectacle sells everything, even sensuality. When it comes to pleasure, it reduces it to sellable packages of time, tours and views, beaches and balms, aromas, spices, and even real, sexualised human bodies, offering them as “sensual experiences”. But true sensuality, which is composed of complex knots of intra- and inter-personal feelings, emotions and diverse knowledges (or, as Michel Serres prefers - sapience) resists such banalisation. Our survival instincts make the most intimate realms of our being in the world extremely resistant. “Sensation is held in a black box, and functions like one. Both the former and the latter precede knowledge, just as each, misunderstood, comes after, envelopes or punctures it”, explains the philosopher of senses (2008). “I know or understand through my skin, as fine as any iris or pupil, and they in turn as fine as intuition, in a bath of sounds or noises, anharmonic. I understand or know through sapience […] and through sagacity, intuition at last regaining its cognitive dignity; but I apprehend and conceive also through my muscles and joints, my bones becoming transparent, my stance off- balance in the hurly- burly of the world, an attentive and flexible posture - the rhythm of my heart and the tunic of my arteriesbeating against its rocky obstacles” (ibid.).” In Reopening the Split Case we will join Henri Lefebvre (2014) in asking:Is there “an architecture devoted to life, to happiness, to voluptuousness, to joy?”
Our workshop focuses at complex totalities which make cities – cities. The particular emphasis is on the taken for granted and,thus, neglected, forgotten depths of pleasure latent in everyday life. The Split Case gets reopened not to seek solutions andfind a quick fix for perceived problems, but to seek questions about the quality of life which emerge from an acknowledgement of the possibility of sapience. The starting point is an argument in favour of the right and need to activate the overlooked, forbidden knowledges, including those of the flesh, and for their incorporation into the processes of thinking, making and living cities. The places and practices of good life are to be sought, explored and enjoyed through the immersion in several situations where locals chose to spend time and indulge themselves in … doing nothing. The pleasures of work conducted within the Reopening the Split Case will be starting from fieldwork and include observation, immersion, notation, recording, mapping, conceptualising creative and critical responses, reaching design … of the other way round. Those excursions will be fed by nputs and reactions through the series of variously improvised lecture jam sessions, provided by the more experienced participants … with ample opportunities to turn the tables around. The format is that of the Symposium, as in the original Greek συμπόσιον, where the knowledge of the body was never seen as inferior, but other in relation to the officially sanctioned thought. The speakers will seek to inspire and get inspired by reach to personal investigations of theory and practice, by letting (their thoughts) go, in comprehension that “[…] the body is far from behaving as a simple passive receptor. […] It loves movement, goes looking for it, rejoices on becoming active, jumps, runs or dances, only knows itself, immediately and without language, in and through its passionate energy. It discovers its existence when its muscles are on fire, when it is out of b ath
- at the limits of exhaustion” (Serres, 2008). Gusar is a public school of the pleasures of life.
Reopening the Split Case will rebel against artificial fragmentation of knowledge, question separation of theory and
design, thinking and making architecture and cities, the pragmatism of an oversimplified and impoverished existence – in searchof the possibility of urban spaces truly lived. Multiscale spaces, multisensorial experiences. Total act (Merleau Ponty). Oeuvre.
 As in Lefebvre’s case (ibid.), “if this inquiry seeks to challenge anything, it is power and its essence”.
co+re organisers believe that the pleasure of thought and action in Reopening the Split Case will generate quality research
and /or design- research outcomes worthy of a book, at least matching The Split Case - density, intensity, resilience (Tokyo, 2012).
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international architecture+urban design research workshop
Reopening the Split Case
urban intensities: space, time and pleasures of everyday life
initiative and organisation:
co+re Boontharm Radović + Professor Neno Kezić (Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, Split)
participants: students and academics from University of Split; Professor Neno Kezić et al. + other academics + local experts
+
Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; Professor Darko Radović, co+labo, Professor Mita Akira, Mita Lab.
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Professor Tadej Glažar
Meiji University I- AUD, Tokyo, Japan, Professor Davisi Boontharm, Dr Ko Nakamura, dbStudio
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, Prof. Piyalada Thaveeprungsriporn
Universidad das Américas, Quito, Ecuador, Dr Ana Medina
University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Dr Rafael Balboa, Kuma Lab. (t.b.c.) +
venues:
University of Split; Kula; Gusar Rowing Club; Bačvice … + @ beaches, jogging and bicycle paths …
tentative schedule


morning afternoon8.9 Sunday
day 0
arrivals, informal familiarisation
submission of individual Posters

(1- 2 A3 sheets presenting current work, research or
design
- research, interests, aspirations, position)18.00 evening gathering, Gusar
introduction
18.00
- 18.15 N. Kezić, On Split, History, Everyday + Fun
18.15
- 19.45 D. Radović, On Pleasure + the Split Case
19.45
- 20.00 D. Boontharm, On Capturing the Moments9.9 Monday
day 1
presentations@Kula
9.00 student Poster pin
- up
research
+ design + research self- introductions
9.00 – 9.15 opening N. Kezi
ć
9.15 – 9.45 Poster session, Chair A. Mita
9.45 – 11.45 lectures jam session 1
N. Kezi
ć, On where and why
D. Radovi
ć, On why and how
A. Grgi
ć (t.b.c.)
11.45 – 12.00 preliminary group formation
12.00 à semi- structured site visits
18.00
à group reports
discussion
(re)definition of groups
(the pleasure of) work continues
à10.9 Tuesday
day 2
@Kula (or Gusar?)
9.45 – 11.45 lectures jam session 2
T. Gla
žar (title t.b.c.)
K. Nakamura, (title t.b.c.)
Pilayada T., (title t.b.c.)
18.00 à group pin-up reports
discussion
cca. 20.00 Split party research (place t.b.c.)
à11.9 Wednesday
day 3
@Kula (or Gusar?)
9.45 – 11.45 lectures jam session 3
D. Boontharm, (title t.b.c.)
A. Medina, (t.b.c.)
M. Muminovi
ć, (title t.b.c.)parallel programme day 1:
Anatomy of Islands, Vis (Keio; Chulalongkorn)

12.00 à semi- structured site visits
18.00
à group reports
discussion
the work (in pleasure) continues
à12.9 Thursday
day 4
ß work (in pleasure) àparallel programme day 2:
Anatomy of Islands, Vis (Keio; Chulalongkorn)

17.00 à mid- term presentations@Kula
co
-chairs: co+re Boontharm, Kezić13.9 Friday
day 5
ß pleasure (in work) àparallel programme day 3:
Anatomy of Islands, Vis (Keio; Chulalongkorn)

18.00 à group reports
discussion
cca. 20.00
日本, Thai, Ecuador etc.
party research (place t.b.c.)
à14.9 Saturday
day 6
ß intensive pleasure (in work) continues à ß hard work (in pleasure) continues à15.9 Sunday
day 7
ß hard work (in pleasure) continues à 16.00 – 18.00 presentations@Kula (or Gusar?)
18.00 – 20.00 lectures jam session 4
16.9 Monday summary over the cup of coffee (etc.)
Neno Kezi
ć + Ana Grgić+ other local academics +
experts + Davisi Boontharm + Darko Radović, + Akira
Mita
+ Tadej Glažar + Ko Nakamura + Rafael Balboa +
Ana Medina + Piyalada Thaveeprungsriporn + Milica
Muminovi
ć + students + other participants
about:

research book Reopening the Split Case
2020 and beyond
co+re 2020 and beyond
etc.
farewells and departures+ recommended follow-up up: architecture workshop @ the island of Rab, organised by University of Ljubljana, Professors Glažar + Žnidaršić
17 Tuesday 18 Wednesday 19 Thursday 20 Friday 21 Saturday 22 Sunday 23 Mondayco+re

 

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