Activity: Attending an event › Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars
The research symposium takes point of departure in the ongoing dialogue between Danish urbanism and architectural research environments. This constructive dialogue started out in the autumn of 2019 with a series of meetings held at BLOXHUB in Copenhagen and has resulted in a common reference document.1 All Danish academic research environments with an interest in urbanism and architecture are working towards a common platform of understanding and sharing knowledge. The aim is to identify a common horizon of research interests and matters of concern leading to joint exhibitions, research applications, curriculum development, collaborative publications etc.
The objective is therefore to bring interested researchers within the field of urbanism and architecture together for one day discussing, deliberating, and reflecting upon common research interests. The network will organize a joint exhibition in August 2021. Hence, the research symposium of 2020 has the objective of identifying topics of interests and matters of concern facilitating the 2021 exhibition (as well as the other activities described above). Moreover, the symposium has the objective of identifying a set of issues and questions for the stakeholders financing and funding Danish urban and architectural research. The symposium has therefore as an objective to articulate issues and questions to be discussed with key funding bodies at a Stakeholder Symposium to be held in the autumn of 2020.
In the process of identifying relevant partners and institution for this network the creation of the common reference document led to articulation of the ‘Experiment’ as one (out of many) common denominator. The experimental attitude to urbanism and architectural research is seen as a vital part of the network’s DNA and hence a key landmark on the common horizon. The grand global challenges of demographics, sustainability, inequality, climate change is the ‘burning platform’ upon which this work is emerging. We seek to orient ourselves within the agenda of the United Nation’s SDG as well as the ways in which critical-creative research can contribute to these issues. This require a cultivation of the ‘architectural imagination’ and a nurturing of the abilities to re-think futures in an open, exploratory and experimental manner. The Common Horizon research symposium has the objective of facilitating this research discussion by means of three framing presentations followed by colloquium debates. The framing presentations are by three colleagues from the Danish urban and architectural research environment.