BAVO: Urban Agency Today

Beyond the Political-economical Illiteracy in Architecture Theory and Practice in the Age of Global Capitalism

The lecture by Gideon Boie and Matthias Pauwels (BAVO) focused on the current tendency in Dutch architecture theory and practice to believe that the architect can only fulfill his or her true political ambitions when able to practice architecture “within the limits of architecture alone”. They analyze this tendency by focusing on its negative point of reference: the pedagogical mandate of architecture as used in multidisciplinary urban mapping programs. Their observations were drawn from a critical reassessment of theoretical references in Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek, which they linked to various spatial tactics applied by Bernard Tschumi and Christoph Schlingensief.

BAVO is a collective that researches the symptomatic dimension of architecture and planning. It is a collaborative work by Gideon Boie and Matthias Pauwels, both of whom studied architecture (Gent/BE) and philosophy (Nijmegen/Rotterdam/NL).


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