“Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012”, introduces another city history that raises urgent questions of responsibility from design through architecture and planning of cities. The protagonists involved to produce the city and enforce the right of green, are activists, architects, citizens, community organizer, refugees, researchers, teachers, immigrants, artists, teachers, and town planners. What can we learn from this city’s history, which replaces the conventional thinking in a top-down and bottom-up by a transversal model of action? The subtitle “The Right to Green” a political claim, can be formulated, the Social and Ecological is not off against each other, but distributive justice, emancipation possibilities of action as well as access and use of resources in the city which critically discussed.
The exhibition has being curated by Elke Krasny presents historical and contemporary case studies that illustrate bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havanna or Quito. She offers an overview of self-organised, collective, informal movements and of the spaces they create. “Hands-On Urbanism” presents a different history of urbanism that puts pressing questions to architects and planners and enquires about how we use resources. What can be learned from this urban history from below and how do architects operate within these processes?
The exhibiton had its premiere at the Architekturzentrum Wien (Architecture Centre Vienna) in Spring 2012. At the moment it is being presented in Leipzig/Germany at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig 08.06. – 08.09.2013