Kalejdohill: Architecture, design and meeting places

When we are used to meeting each other online, what do we do in a public space? If facebook is the new public square, what do we call the space between buildings? Can you stay logged-in at the park? Can we imagine public space without shopping? What kind of public park would make us look up from our screens?

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Following the judging and announcement of the wining projects in the Jarfalla Login Gate Competition, the three jury members Brendan Cormier, Marina Otero Verzier and Andres Jaque, will present short 30 minute lectures on the theme of Architecture, design and meeting places, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Kalejdohill team members Mia Lundstrom and Andreas Angelidakis.

Instead of a conference hall, the lectures will be held at the Jakobsberg Centrum shopping mall, as part of the ongoing process of engaging the community of Jarfalla, on the afternoon of Friday June 10th. Following the lectures, an exhibition of the shortlisted entries will be inaugurated in the public areas of the shopping mall.

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Brendan Cormier is a design curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, leading the curation of a dedicated V&A gallery as part of a new design museum in Shenzhen, China. Concurrently, together with V&A curator Luisa Mengoni, he is undertaking research into the emerging design landscape of the Pearl River Delta, and how technology, rapid prototyping and an entrepreneurial spirit are combining to turn Shenzhen and its surroundings into a vibrant city of product innovation. Central to this research are the positive roles that copying and iteration can have in the design process. This research was most recently exhibited in ‘Unidentified Acts of Design’, which Brendan co-curated with Luisa Mengoni for the V&A at the 2015 Shenzhen Urbanism\Architecture Biennale.

Prior to his work at the V&A, Brendan served as the managing editor of Volume, an Amsterdam based quarterly on architecture and urbanism, where he worked on crafting themes that speculated on the boundaries of the profession. Issues gathered thoughts, polemics, and opinions from architects and experts from around the world, in the form of essays, interviews, infographics and other visuals.

Brendan co-curated ‘Tortona Stories’ with Fabrizio Gallanti for the Biennale Architettura 2014, which explored the nature of production in the countryside of Piemonte, through the work of three entrepreneurs: a cheesemaker, a winemaker, and a bio-plastics manufacturer. At the same he also assisted in the production of the Iranian Pavilion to be exhibited at the Biennale Architettura 2014, called ‘Instant Past’ and curated by Azadeh Mashayekhi.
Brendan is trained as an urbanist with formal studies in both Canada and Germany. He has also worked for urban design practices in Toronto and Rotterdam. He writes regularly for various design publications, such as Domus, Azure, Uncube, Mark, and Canadian Architect.

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, and Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, where she is a PhD candidate. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation and Fundación Arquia, has been published in different publications including sqm: The quantified Home, Arquitectura Viva, andDomus. Otero is co-editor of Promiscuous Encounters and Unmanned Architecture and Security Series, and has curated exhibitions at The 2013 Shenzhen Bicity Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial. Her current research is concerned with how changing notions of privacy and safety, and their articulation with global circulatory regimes, have an effect on the spaces of residence.

Andrés Jaque, architect by the ETSAM and Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat, is the founder principal of Office for Political Innovation. They are authors of awarded projects such as the ‘Plasencia Clergy House’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’ or ‘ESCARAVOX’. Their project ‘IKEA Disobedients’ is the first architectural performance included in the MoMA Collection and it is part of a series of architectural experiments intended to explore design from the perspective of post-foundational politics; including ‘Sweet Urbanism’ –MAK Vienna 2013-, ‘SUPERPOWERS OF TEN’ -Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013-, ‘Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool’ -RED CAT CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles 2013-, ‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ -La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2012-, ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’ -Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona 2012-, ‘SWEET PARLIAMENT HOME’ - Gwangju Biennale, South Korea 2010-, ‘Skin Gardens’ –BAC Barcelona 2009 and ‘FRAY HOME HOME’ - Biennale di Venezia 2010. They have been awarded with the SILVER LION to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale, and selected as one of the ten designers of the year by Architectural Record. In 2015 Office for Political Innovation created a towering network of water-purifying pipes at MoMA PS1, New York, as winners of the museums annual Young Architects Program. In 2016 they are in charge of designing the 2ndIstanbul Design Biennial.

Andreas Angelidakis (born in 1968) lives and works in Athens. Trained as an architect (Sci-ARC bArch, Columbia MSAAD), Angelidakis maintains a practice centered on research and exhibition often examined through the lens of the internet.

Angelidakis has consistently challenged the end-product of architectural practice by reversing the representation-to-realization sequence of the production of buildings. He often starts with an existing building, producing models, films, ruins, installations or alternative histories, blurring fact and fiction, smoothing out the borders between the real and the virtual. Recent exhibitions include The State of the Art of Architecture 1st Chicago Architecture Biennial , 12th Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius 2015, Supersuperstudio, PAC Milano 2015