October 2014: Architectures of Desire at Utopia School

Thrilled to be working with Jaime Idea, Scott Rigby, Lena Hawkins, and other utopians to organize UTOPIA SCHOOL at Flux Factory this October.  What is Utopia School?  In a sentence: an experiment in the im/possibility of making utopia together.  I’ve coined the motto “Another Meeting is Possible” to describe this spontaneously-formed collective’s elaborate, painstaking, and hugely edifying process of creating and curating this project.  Initially, anyone was invited to propose and discuss possible classes at a series of open review sessions.  The proposals were then whittled down and voted on at subsequent meetings.  The school will also host researchers-in-residence (including a witch-in-residence).  The whole process has been fascinating.  From my thinking it’s an attempt to make the curatorial aspect of a participatory exhibition on utopia itself a utopia.

“For our Fall 2014 Session in New York, Utopia School will create a schoolhouse in the Queen’s based collective, Flux Factory. The school will incorporate a series of theoretical and practical workshops, field trips, screenings, talks and games, and will house a group of dedicated participants, as well as the digital Utopia Library. We are seeking collaborators who may take on one or more roles including Makers, Builders Artists, Theorists, Writers, Documentarians, Researchers, Archivists, Learners, Remote correspondents, On-site Residents, Support Staff, and other roles we may have not yet envisioned.”

For my part, I will be facilitating a four-part class on architectures of desire:

“Picking up on the work of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods, architectures of desire will explore expanded conditions of a built environment beyond those intended by an ideologically-driven definition of urbanism pegged to for-profit development, imposed alienation, isolation, and other tropes of the capitalist regime. To imagine such an architecture is to expose the ideology inherent in the way we currently build the buildings in which we live our lives.

In doing so, we will construct a reader and reflect on writings by Rosalyn Deutsche, Lebbeus Woods, Jennifer Bloomer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Paolo Salieri, Daniel Campo, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Marc Augé, Isabelle Auricoste, Jean Baudrillard, Henri Lefebvre, Deleuze and Guattari, Richard Serra, among others.”

I’ll also be helping to run a series of People’s Kitchen events at the Sunview Luncheonette.  Get in touch if you’d like to join in.







Class Schedule:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

General Overview: a/D + Anarchitecture, e.g.:  Lebbeus Woods, Matta Clark and the Anarchitecture Group, Richard Greaves, Spatial Agency, others by your suggestions.  Possible introduction by Kevin Clancy, or anyone else who wants to present.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ecotecture(ures), e.g.: “How shall we live on/with the earth?”, Hundertwasserhaus, Arcology (ArcoSanti and Paolo Soleri), Earthship, Fuller, Venus, Makoko Floating School (Lagos) / African Water Cities, others.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Combine class with Dena Al-Adeeb’s Contemporary Aesthetic Practices and Decolonial Architecture class.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

“Nomad, Collective, Autonomy, and Living Together”, e.g.: Krzysztof Wodiczko (v-a-v Neil Smith), actLab, Yurt, Camps, Mary Mattingly, others based on your suggestions/contributions.  (And wrap up/retrospective of the class.)


Go to the Utopia School / Architectures of Desire page and sign-up.