EU City Manifesto

The EU CITY MANIFESTO, VENICE 2012

We wish you happy cities!

Europe is going through a period of great crisis, which may turn into an opportunity, by accelerating the necessary adjustments to the new economic, social and cultural reality.

There is a common ground at least in Europe: sustainable development requires different models, deploying innovative ways of thinking, synergies that branch in multiple directions and alternative initiatives, supported by great structural changes.

Architecture and urban planning are the spatial expression of Europe’s political project. City is a field of experimentation for new models for democracy, economy and social justice. Field that the crisis has made urgent.

But the nowadays budget cuts affect the potential of architecture to make Europe fit for the future, as well cause irreversible damages on Heritage. The upcoming European policies do not give allowance for spatial design and experimentation. Neither do they recognize the remarkable impact on the cultural dimension, as well on the economy, social cohesion, environment and competitiveness of cities. Architecture is much more than erection of buildings.

The European Union has put Cities on its upcoming Agenda. As a public actor, the European Union could represent an important incentive for European City development, beyond norms and standards. It could contribute to social innovation and stimulate democracy. It could turn economic challenges into opportunity.

Therefore, few decades after the “Venice Charter” (1964)*, this Manifesto aims to give space to the contribution of architectural thinking to the contemporary debate.

Considering that it is up to public authorities to establish clear regulations to limit the excesses of the market, to adopt exemplary behaviour, to encourage groundbreaking initiatives, diversity, and intelligent design,

Given:

  • The urgency of positioning architecture in the new European and National public policies
  • The crucial need of innovative visions for dealing with existing building stock and trivialization
  • The urgency to give space to alternative models and experimentations in spatial development/city making,

By signing this manifesto:

I would like to draw the attention of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Institutions, the European Member States and other relevant Public Authorities, in accordance with the European Council Conclusions on architecture and sustainable development* adopted in 2008:

1.     To acknowledge the crucial role of architecture and advanced urban development as a driver of diversity and sustainability in designing Europe’s urban future,

 2.     To consider the key role of architecture in all policies that have an impact on urban development, including economic, energy efficiency, social, cultural, and environmental conditions,

 3.     To use regulatory capacity to defend the above-mentioned role of architecture and to guarantee favorable conditions for urban and architectural experimentation design and quality. 

Name, function, date:

Sign on: www.eucitymanifesto.eu

Or send the signed manifesto to: efap@efap-fepa.eu

*Reference texts: www.efap-fepa.eu

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Le EU CITY MANIFESTO, VENISE 2012

We wish you happy cities!

L’Europe traverse une période de crise grave, dont il nous faut saisir l’opportunité pour accélérer les adaptations politiques nécessaires aux nouvelles réalités économiques, sociales et culturelles.

Il existe au moins un point commun, un terrain d’entente en Europe: le développement ‘soutenable’ exige de nouveaux modèles, en mobilisant les acteurs de l’innovation, en favorisant un renouvellement de la pensée sur la ville, en créant des synergies multipolaires, et en soutenant des initiatives alternatives.

Architecture et urbanisme traduisent dans l’espace et le paysage le projet politique de l’Europe. La ville est par essence un champ d’expérimentation pour la démocratie, l’environnement et la justice sociale, que la crise a rendus urgent de repenser.

Les coupes budgétaires drastiques auxquelles nous assistons ont une incidence néfaste sur la capacité de l’architecture à répondre aux défis de l’avenir pour l’Europe, et causent par ailleurs des dommages irréversibles sur le patrimoine. L’Union Européenne a inscrit la question de la ville à son Agenda. Les politiques européennes à venir ne prévoient cependant aucune place pour la conception urbaine et architecturale. Elles ne reconnaissent pas non plus la dimension culturelle de l’architecture, son impact tangible sur l’économie, la cohésion sociale, l’environnement et la compétitivité des villes. L’architecture est beaucoup plus que l’érection de bâtiments, rappelons-le.

L’Union Européenne a mis la ville à l’ordre du jour. En tant qu’acteur public, l’Union Européenne pourrait constituer un levier important pour le développement de la ville européenne, au-delà des normes et standards. Elle pourrait contribuer ainsi à l’innovation sociale et scientifique, stimuler la démocratie par la participation citoyenne,  à envisager les défis économiques portés par les villes comme des opportunités.

C’est pourquoi, quelques décennies après le “Charte de Venise” (1964)*, ce manifeste a pour but d’interpeller les autorités compétentes à considérer la contribution de la conception architecturale comme essentielle au débat contemporain sur le devenir des villes.

Considérant qu’il appartient aux pouvoirs publics de jouer un rôle de stratège, d’établir des règles claires pour limiter les excès du marché et de la financiarisation de la ville, d’adopter un comportement exemplaire de commande publique et de concours pour encourager les initiatives innovantes, la diversité, et l’expérimentation,

Compte tenu de:

   –  L’urgence de prendre en compte l’architecture et la conception urbaine dans les nouvelles politiques publiques européennes et nationales,

– La nécessité de visions novatrices pour traiter le patrimoine bâti existant et faire face à la standardisation urbaine,

  – L’urgence de permettre la réalisation de modèles alternatifs et de projets expérimentaux dans le renouvellement urbain,

En signant ce manifeste:

Je souhaite attirer l’attention du Parlement européen, de la Commission européenne, des Institutions Européennes, des États membres de l’Union et des autorités publiques compétentes, et en référence aux Conclusions du Conseil Européen sur l’architecture et développement durable*, adoptées en 2008:

1. De reconnaître le rôle crucial de l’architecture et de la conception urbaine comme moteur de la diversité et de la durabilité dans le développement urbain de l’Europe,

2. De tenir compte du rôle clé de l’architecture dans toutes les politiques qui ont un impact sur le développement urbain, comme celles liées à l’innovation économique, sociale, à la culture et à l’environnement,

3. D’adapter le cadre réglementaire pour renforcer le rôle de l’architecture susmentionné et pour garantir des conditions favorables pour la création urbaine et architecturale variée et de qualité.

Nom, fonction, date:

Pour signer le manifeste rendez-vous sur: www.eucitymanifesto.eu

Ou renvoyez ce manifeste signé à: efap@efap-fepa.eu

*Textes de référence sur www.efap-fepa.eu

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EFAP at Venice Biennale

26 August 2012, 3PM

Venue: Serra dei Giardini

Underconstructions Observatory: the book!

 

AlterArchitectures Manifesto, the book of Underconstructions, Observatory of innovative architectural and urban processes in Europe, will be launched during the Verdi acque event organized by magazine Abitare in the framework of the Architecture Biennale of Venice, featuring Stefano Boeri, Pippo Ciorra, Marc Augé, Yvette Masson Zanussi and many others. Read more: link

Alterarchitectures Manifesto:

« Pump up housing, city creates city, Aunt Bertha’s cabin, Think Tight !, Asking architecture, When people take charge, Athens by exception, Gradient fields, Place au Changement, Un plus un, Petites Urbanités Libres …” only to mention a few random titles of the projects so as to set the tone! What is being edified here are the written projects, from various authors, whose main purpose is not to answer to a system but to a situation, to citizens, to different temporalities, to a practice, a desire. An experimental device produced from the exception, induced by the rules adapted to a situation, a geography, a moment of life.

How to deduct while avoiding to reduce? Format, without sloganizing?

Eds Thierry Paquot, Yvette Masson-Zanussi, and Marco Stathopoulos.

Published by Eterotopia, Italy, Infolio , France.

Contributions: Chris Younès, Thierry Paquot, Alberto Magnaghi, Serge Latouche, Lucien Kroll, Winy Maas, Patrick Bouchain, Bart Lootsma, Dus, Supertanker, Christian Reder, Wonderland, Collectif ETC….

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The project has been funded with support from European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible of any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


26 August 2012, 6PM

Venue: Spazio Punch

Opening of the Porosity exhibition

At Spazio Punch,  Winy Maas and Ulf Hackauf, the Why Factory, Delft University of Technology will launch the Poristy exhibition, sponsored by Lego.

Read more: [link]

The installation “Porosity” by The Why Factory (Winy Maas) is shown as part of the EU City Program, a series of research and design projects, which explore the future of the European City.

“Porosity” is a form-exhausting collection of 676 scale models, exhibited as a grid of 26 linear iterations.  Frames like Non-repetitiveness and Pixilation are combined with different types of Openness, of Porosity as a counter model to Exclusion and Monotony. The installation is the result of a master level design studio offered within the program of The Why Factory. In the studio, led by Prof. Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov and Ania Molenda, 18 studio participants were granted 1 million LEGO bricks to their disposal during the design process.

The exhibition will be a support for debates on what are new processes, and what research could deliver as visions for Europe’s territory and urban future.

The studio has been developed in collaboration with KRADS and support from The LEGO Group and Arup.

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27 August 2012, 2PM

Venue:  Giardini

Oficial opening of the Venice Biennale: EU City Manifesto / EU City Program

In the framework of the official opening of the Architecture Biennale in Venice he EFAP will launch the EU City Program and the EU City Manifesto, to call for serious attention for architecture in the upcoming EU Policies. Read more: [link]

   

The EU CITY program

In presence, (tbc), of the President of the European Commission, the French Minister of Culture, the Commissioner of Culture and education the Commissioner of the Regional Policies, the President Urban Intergroup of European Parliament, Mayors, Architects, Ministers, elected representatives, critics…

Yet, in the European Commission’s regulation for the next generation of Regional Policies, published on the 6th of October, 2011, the importance of architecture is reduced to a minor reference to the European cultural heritage.

Architecture is an example of the crosscutting nature of a creative industry, being affected by a number of public policies.

The European policies, in particular the Creative Europe, the Structural Funds, the Energy efficiency policy, Horizon 2020, represent an important potential incentive and lever for future cities. Architecture can contribute immensely to regional development and delivery of the European objectives, both in sustainable, economic and social terms and therefore needs extended recognition and support.

EFAP pleads for giving allowance to architecture and urban design in all relevant public policies.

Visionary thinking and scientific studies have to become part of the EU’s funding system. EFAP would like to engage a collective effort of studies and designs that illustrate a future Europe, a Manifesto that aims to impact on the cultural dimension of the cities, as well as on the economy, social cohesion and the environment, to deliver how architecture, urban planning, landscaping can play a key role as economic stimulus for competitiveness of cities as well as population’s cultural enrichment and quality of life.

At the upcoming Biennale in Venice, EFAP will present this plan to officials of the European Commission and to the public.

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The project has been funded with support from European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible of any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


28 August 2012

Architecture Biennale of Venice

On 28 August 2012 a number of national pavilions in the Giradini di Castello will celebrate their opening, such as France, Portugal, Netherlands, and Germany…

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28 August 2012

Venue: Spazio Punch

Underconstructions debates

In the framework of the PorousCity exhibition, debates will be organized with participants of the Underconstructions Project, in presence of EU officials. Read more [link].

In the opening week of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012, Underconstructions is organizing a workshop and a self-published booklet:
MY FAVOURITE RULE. How to bend the constraints of architecture and urban planning.
In order to discuss in a critical manner your innovative practice and to spread it.
SEND YOUR RULE
For the preparation of the workshop and the booklet, please send us at send@underconstructions.eu
– the text of your favourite rule, as precisely as possible (with law / rule / statute / subvention  name and number, country…) in english!
– 1 picture (A5, 220dpi) which present this rule or the use you made of it
– Your name / office name and an address to send you the booklet.
JOIN US
We invite you to join us:
Venice Underconstructions Workshop
28.08.2012 
12.00 – 16.00
Spazio Punch, Guidecca 800, Venice
To present your favourite rule to the other participants as well as visitors and to work on a final version of the MY FAVOURITE RULE booklet.
NB: The workshop will not have a strict schedule to enable you to pass by when you find time in those hectic days!
We hope to meet all of you in Venice!
Underconstructions is an observatory of innovative architectural practices in Europe that reflects on the changes happening in the field of architecture and urban planning by identifying new methods in regards to living and working conditions while reflecting on social engagement and civil involvement.The project was initiated by the European Forum for Architectural Policies and together with the partners Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine and Wonderland, platform for european architecture. Several workshops in different European cities were conductedwith the aim to highlight best-practice projects and processes. Architects, experts and initiatives help to pursue an on-going critical survey and by setting up an online data base, underconstructions disseminate information as well as experience to promote innovation within Europe.www.underconstructions.eu

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The project has been funded with support from European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible of any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


28 August 2012, 6pm

Venue: Centro Social Morion

GAU:DI competition opening

In the framework of the Biennale of Architecture 2012, the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine will present the 3rd session of the GAU:DI “Market Hall” competition and open the exhibition of works.

Read more: [link]