Open evening lecture at BAS, 27.feb. at 18.00: "Social Forms" by Andreas Lang from Public Works, London
Lefebvre argues that without addressing social relations and their transformation, the invention of spatial forms can’t provide adequate solutions to the urban problematic. Acknowledging this important dependency between the form and the social, how do we teach and practice architecture to re-think space through a closer consideration of social relations? Going further even, can we understand the construction of social relations as a form of architecture in its own right and if so, how can we formulate a pedagogy in which the architect becomes an operative agent in the field of social relations?
Andreas Lang will draw from his art and architecture practice public works and his role as course leader of the MA in Architecture at Central Saint Martins College (UK), focusing on how we might use social learning processes to construct stronger 'social forms' around our projects and learning practices.
Andreas Lang is Course Leader as well as a Course Tutor in M ARCH Architecture and MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation. He has taught Architecture at numerous institutions since 2001 including the Architectural Association, Sheffield Universtiy, Royal Collage of Art and Umeå School of Architecture in Sweden.
He is co-founder of public works, a non-profit critical design practice that occupies the terrain between art, architecture and research. Working with an extended network of interdisciplinary collaborators, public works aims to re-work spatial, social and economic opportunities towards citizen-driven development and improved civic life. The practice, set up in 2004, uses a range of approaches, including public events, campaigns, the development of urban strategies and participatory art and architecture projects across all scales.
Andreas’s work has been exhibited widely in architectural exhibitions such as the prestigious Venice Biennale (2012) as part of the British Pavilion, the Change British Architecture exhibition at RIBA (2013), and he was included in the Guardian’s portrait of key players in British Architecture (2012). In the art context he has exhibited in established venues such as the Serpentine Gallery (2004), Folkestone Triennial (2008), the British Art Show (2005/06) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016).