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DEMOLITION SCHOOL – Re-post from BLDG BLOG

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[Image: The Broelschool, Kortrijk, Belgium, via Space Caviar].

As part of the 2014 Biennale Interieur, curatorial group Space Caviar is hosting what they call a “demolition workshop” in the Belgian town of Kortrijk.

Set in a derelict school building condemned to demolition after the workshop has ended, the project aims to “construct alternative routes into and through the building, most significantly a new staircase,” and to explore new forms of improvisatory navigation through architectural space by way of “inventive deletions or modifications.”

Think of it as applied topology in the tradition of Gordon Matta-Clark.

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[Images: Some internal views of the Broelschool, via Space Caviar].

You have only a narrow window of time in which to apply to join one of two teams in the exercise, however—that is, you only have until Friday, September 5, to express interest.

To apply, send an e-mail to martina (at) spacecaviar (dot) net with the subject “Broelschool Demolition Workshop,” including your name, contact information, hometown, and professional CV or PDF portfolio, and you need to indicate which of the two teams you are hoping to join. Those teams are, and I quote:

TEAM DÉRIVE (5 people) will construct alternative routes into and through the building, most significantly a new staircase. Through sensitive and inventive deletions or modifications, this group will create shortcuts and reveal hidden aspects of the original architecture, as well as foreshadowing some of the future architectural plans for the building site. Using the building itself as a source of reusable material, the workshop will both predate the destruction and celebrate the transition of the school.

TEAM TIMELINE (5 people) will create a graphical layer on top of the existing architecture that offers a unique chronology of the domestic space over the last half-century. Blending quotes, data, diagrams, graffiti, and way-finding, the timeline will lead visitors to explore the nooks and crannies of the school in search of the steps in the story of the home.

However, in your email you must also then complete these sentences in no more than 100 words: a) My first memory of home is… b) My current home is… c) My ideal home is…

The workshop itself takes place September 23-28.

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[Image: “Splitting” (1974) by Gordon Matta-Clark, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art].

Finally, somehow tying into this event will be a “Roomba ballet” choreographed for 12 of the robotic vacuum cleaners.

Space Caviar is thus also looking for someone to choreograph that dance, so please also consider getting in touch with them if you have any ideas for how to control 12 algorithmically impulsive, semi-autonomous household appliances.

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In the last couple of weeks there have been some exciting new updates about the Les Bains Douche Project.  

Sambre has made an installation cutting through the floor and building a sphere from the wood which is reminiscent of Gordon Matta-Clarks anarchitecture.  Watch the video here to see more about the piece.

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Early on when I started this blog I was inspired by a narrow house designed by the Polish architect Etgar Keret.  Recently this narrow house by Japanese Fujiwaramuro Architects (read Huh Magazines article here).  These thin houses that seem to be occurring through a desire to make use of vacant lots and avoid paying for expensive plots of land.  These house seem to inspire an inner drive to utilise spaces, even when others would pass them by for being inadequate, these spaces require architects to evaluate different forms of living.  It also makes me think of Gordon Matta-Clarks’ work Fake Estates.  His purchase of small unusable lots with NYC creating a portfolio of fifteen properties.  Some of these were inaccessible sites yet just by ownership these sites became of value.  These buildings and Matta-Clarks work feed by interest in disremebered sites and not just their loss of use but positive uses or applications of these sites.

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Gordon Matta-Clark Images taken from Cabinet Magazine click here to read the article