THE 3RD THINK SPACE UnConference










LOCATION: ZAGREB. LAUBA.HOUSE FOR PEOPLE AND ART. DATE: JUNE  11-13 



KEY NOTE GUESTS || ETHEL BARAONA POHL | CÉSAR REYES NAJERA | DPR-BARCELONA | KELLER EASTERLING | YALE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE |DAVID A. GARCIA | MAP ARCHITECTS | PEDRO GADANHO | MOMA NEW YORK | BRENDAN CORMIER | VOLUME | ARCHIS | 
PROGRAMME || ARCHITECTS TALK |  HIGHLY INTERACTIVE SESSIONS | PARTY | AWARD CEREMONY | FOOTBALL MATCH | EXHIBITION | LECTURES | DESIGN PROPOSALS | PAPERS |PROGRAMME DOWNLOAD |



  1. What if our cities were able to evolve without money?
  2. How economic flows reflect in the configuration of cities?
  3. How it would look like a “right of the city” initiative in a tax haven state?
  4. Can we design new territories that operate outside the traditional economic guidelines?
  5. Which is the role of the architect within this scenario [if there’s one]? 
The theme Money and its questions posed by the Think Space 2013 | 2014 guest curators Ethel Baraona Pohl & Cesar Reyes Najera will undoubtedly trigger conversations at the upcoming Unconference event. Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for a hundred participants, Money Unconference will enable thinkers, architects, participants, authors, winners, jurors and guest curators from the MONEY cycle to meet in person at Lauba, People and Art House in Zagreb, 11-13 June 2014.
Along with its unique approach in which new forums for thought are created via new design objects, in this cycle Think Space Programme is again leaning on historical discourse that normally takes the form of reflection through writing. As part of the 2013/2014 cycle of competitions, Think Space was calling for Money Papers in the following fields of inquiry: TerritoriesCulture & Society and Environment. Through a vast amount of proposals submitted from researchers, scholars, and practitioners, pieces holding several intriguing topics were selected based on abstracts submitted and complete papers are currenty undergoing the final evaluation proceedure. Selected ones will be published on Unconference Proceedings and presented by their authors in person.
Another asset to the Unconference Programme will be The Money Exhibition, presenting the awarded entries at Lauba, House for People and Art, continuing to be on display after the Unconference event.
The very culmination of the Think Space 2013 | 2014 Money Programme will happen in a form of public Award Ceremony during the Unconferene event. The awarded authors are invited to come from all around Europe and beyond. Think Space team will present them the awards and  acknowledgedements for their exquisite achievements in experimental architecture in front of an international audience and local architectural community.
Embracing both design and theoretical reflection, research of historical precedents and creating contemporary history, Think Space places itself in relation to the past by suggesting how the future should or could be. Positioned at the intersection of the building practice, architectural viewpoints, global and local contexts – the greatest contribution of Think Space is that it helps emerge a nuanced image of global state in architecture.


MONEY
[The Echo of Nothing]
 “Money is any object or record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given socio-economic context.”
Money  is no more than a social construction that has its value on the collective agreement to accept certain forms of measurement. Nevertheless, money is an immanent concept in our daily life. Under the capitalist system that leads the world in the current times, we can’t deny that money rules [almost] everything: the way we live, what we eat, where we go andhow we relate with other... As coined by James Carville in 1992, “the economy, stupid.” Thus, if MONEY is only a virtual object and its value depends on the object to exchange, how can we work in a new understanding of the concepts of value, trade and exchange from a different point of view?
Money has been one of the main issues [if not the most important] to define the creation of territories and space. Borders created for economical purposes and financial markets in many ways are guiding how cities evolve. The relationship between countries basically depends on debt:creditor/debtor relation; where debt is not an impediment to growth. According to Maurizio Lazzarato, it represents the economic and subjective engine of the modern-day economy. Even this fact, during the past years we are starting to perceive capitalism as a failed system and probably as not the only option anymore. One of the signs of this failed system can be found on the sovereign debt crises that have placed several Eurozone nations under a situation determined by the European Union’s so-called troika—European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund [IMF]— and not determined by their citizens and inhabitants. For Baudrillard, money is no longer a medium or a means to circulate commodities, it is circulation itself, that is to say, it is the realized form of the system in its twisting abstraction.
But this concept is changing at a rapid rate. Just ayear ago, the Occupy movement used bills as a tool for social protest. The Occupy George movement pointed “Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%. By circulating dollar bills stamped with fact-based infographics, Occupy George informs the public of America's daunting economic disparity one bill at a time.” As Emily Gilbert points, “currency is not just a neutral economic tool,as the economists would have it, but it embodies cultural, political, and economic values.” Experimental currencies as bitcoin [described asdecentralized digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world] is expected to be the next bubble, but at least it opens new ways of thinking about different economic models. In the middle of these experimental processes, there are new tools that more people is using everyday, new forms of economics and trade, such as crowdfunding, social money and micro payments, based on the confidence and support of the network. These tools are here to stay and can be harnessed as catalysts for change. The way we interact as citizens in this new economic scenario is transforming how we use public space, digital tools and create new physical and virtual territories.

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