The Public School (for Architecture): Student Lounge at 10 Days for Oppositional Architecture

Date: November 11th 2009

Student Lounge
The Public School (for Architecture) New York
Tuesday November 17, 7-11pm

10 Days for Oppositional Architecture
Gair Building No 6
81 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please join us at the Public School (for Architecture) New York Student Lounge.

A space that during the free period is a place for students to relax and socialize, the Student Lounge also represents a place for dissident elements to engage in oppositional discussion.


The Public School (for Architecture) New York is a self-organizing educational program for which the curriculum and schedule are proposed by the general public. Administered by common room and the Telic Arts Exchange in collaboration with Performa, courses are taught throughout New York City as itinerant installations during Fall 2009. The curriculum is developed through public access to its website. Enrollment is open to non-architects and architects alike. The project locates areas where new ideas are possible, suggests ways that architecture can be engaged even while financial support is diminishing, and seeks to identify and activate a community of users beyond affiliations to a single organization. In doing so, the school aims to create a public for architecture while opening up architecture for the public.

Visit to propose classes, comment on or register in a class, offer to teach a class, and find out when and where classes will take place.


Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture
Towards Post-Capitalist Space

New York, November 12 -- 21, 2009
Gair Building No 6, 81 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (York Stop on the F Train)

The transformation of the urban landscape within the last decades has increasingly been dominated by the demands of capitalist utilization. Due to the current crisis, however, which goes far beyond a mere crisis of the real estate and financial market, these neoliberal politics and attendant forms of production of space have been subject to a loss of legitimation. For this reason, not only do the dominance and promises of the privatization model, the free market and private property have to be questioned, but also the conventions of the space-producing professions that follow and materialize these policies.

In this context the event “Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture” takes up the task of exploring possibilities and conditions of a socially committed architectural practice. Therefore the narrow boundaries of the profession have to be left behind. We hence invite activists, geographers, architects, planners, and economists representing different critical approaches to discuss and develop concepts and practices that not only try to oppose and challenge the capitalist mode of production of space, but also try to go beyond it strategies of de-commodification, re-appropriation and alternative production of space. We will look at already existing spatial actions of resistance as well as search for possibilities to further theorize them: How can these strategies and alternative practices be turned into social and political forces towards post-capitalist spaces?

All events are public. All those interested are welcome.
Free dinner will be served during discussion evenings.
An exhibition and a reading corner will support and document the discussions.


Wednesday, November 11, 6 pm
Opening Reception

Thursday, November 12, 7 pm
The Decommodification of Housing
Discussion with James deFilippis, geographer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick · Esther Wang and Helena Wong of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, New York

Friday, November 13, 7 pm
Bar + programming by Lize Mogel and Alexis Baghat, An Atlas of Radical Cartography*

Saturday, November 14, 7 pm
The Real Estate Crisis, Private Property and the Prospects of Planning
Discussion with David Kotz, economist, University of Massachusetts Amherst · Teddy Cruz, architect, San Diego

Sunday, November 15, 7 pm
Bar + programming by tba*

Monday, November 16, 7 pm
On the Commons: Taking versus Granting Rights
Discussion with Peter Linebaugh, historian, University of Toledo · Brett Bloom of Midwest Radical Culture Corridor, Urbana · Rob Robinson of Picture the Homeless, New York

Tuesday, November 17, 7 pm
Bar + programming by common room*

Wednesday, November 18, 7 pm
Territory as a Means of Struggle
Discussion with United Workers, Baltimore · Neil Smith, geographer, City University New York

Thursday, November 19, 7 pm
Bar + programming by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO architecture*

Friday, November 20, 7 pm
Reclaiming Capitalist Spaces
Discussion with Janelle Cornwell and Julie Graham, geographers, University of Massachusetts Amherst · Max Rameau of Take Back the Land, Miami

Saturday, November 21, 12 pm
Towards Post-Capitalist Spaces
Lecture by David Harvey, geographer, City University New York, 12 pm
Workshops with special guests*, 2 -- 6 pm
Final presentation and discussion, 7 pm
Party, 10 pm

* For more details and updates please visit:

A project by:
An Architektur
Produktion und Gebrauch gebauter Umwelt
Alexanderstrasse 7, D-10178 Berlin

organized by Oliver Clemens, Sabine Horlitz, Anita Kaspar, Kim Förster / contact:

On occasion of:

Commissioned by Performa. Presented by Performa and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Supported by the Graham Foundation, IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and Two Trees Management, Inc.

Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

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