Making Futures School

August 30th – September 15th, 2019
Haus der Statistik, Berlin

Over the course of two weeks, over 80 participants will take part in a diverse curriculum convened by practitioners in the field of spatial practices. Acting as a non-disciplinary learning environment, the School proposes, designs, builds, negotiates, maintains, performs and celebrates an educational and convivial space in and around Haus der Statistik, Berlin. At the same time, it becomes a dynamic actor within a process of urban transformation, serving as a common sphere of action between participants, neighbours and civic society.

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After a series of short-term action-led research activities in Berlin, Istanbul, Palermo and Oberweissbach, Making Futures School situates its School in Haus der Statistik, Berlin to explore further forms of productive cooperation, exchange, solidarity and living.
Making Futures School’s activities will entail a mix of process-driven as well as applied research strategies, including – but not limited to – research-based interventions throughout the building; working with the local community to propose pioneer uses; or rethinking education in spatial practices.

Complementing its day-sessions, a wide-ranging evening public programme or Night School will comprise reading groups, screenings, lectures and performances – sometimes hosted by the School working groups and sometimes by external invitees – it is an open invitation for the local Berlin public to encourage further exchange.

The School’s activities will oscillate between Haus der Statistik and our satellite site, the Floating University.  Empty since 2008, the School’s core site, the DDR-constructed Haus der Statistik is itself the subject of a unique process of transformation, where civic and public actors collaborate at eye-level to collectively invent its future.

The School will continue to explore Making Futures’ action-research fields:

Collectivity – How can we construct and read the built environment as bringing together the cultural, the social, the economic and the political?;

Resource – How can architecture be understood as a resource calling for lasting dynamics, such as recuperation and maintenance?;

Education – How can educational curricula be reworked to better reflect the social potential of the spatial practices?; and

Practice – What possibilities emerge when we understand architecture as being not just concerned with the production of shapes and objects, but as a form of agency itself?

The two-week period of the School will follow a series of phases:

Encounter – entailing two days of coming together, getting to know the city and ourselves. Emergence – participants begin to constitute the School via a series of moderated assemblages before organising into the different working groups led by invited facilitators.

Production – each group goes on developing mutual research and learning processes.

Exchange – the juncture where outcomes will be shared within the groups and also with the wider public.

Making Futures School embraces prevailing narratives of uncertainty through the lens of criticality and honours minor acts by focusing on what we have at hand. We propose to work towards building up alliances and making transversal connections with people across, disciplines, institutions and territories that transcend the boundaries of the academic world and go beyond the borders of Europe.

With Bellastock (Simon Jacquemin), Juan Chacón, Izaskun Chinchilla, CHOR der Statistik, Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura (Mariana Ordoñez & Jesica Amescua), Mauricio Corbalan, Ignacio de Antonio Antón, Johanna Dehio & David Moritz, Christopher Dell, Ignacio Farías, Fem_Arc (Océane Reveillac, Lara Stöhlmacher), Berit Fischer, Floating e.V., The Funambulist (Margarida N. Waco), Jon Goodbun, Alex Groß,  Saskia Hebert, Elise Hunchuck, Georgi Ivanov, Valentina Karga, Kathleen Knitter, Bernd Köhler, Bernd Kniess, Bernd Köhler, Anna Kokalanova, Elke Krasny, Tor Lindstrand, Christof Mayer, No-Shade, Marion von Osten, Point of Interest (POI): Rosario Hurtado, Roberto Feo, Stuart Bannocks, Michael Patrick) Radio Späkauf (Maisie Hitchcock, Joel Dullroy, Jöran Mandik, Daniel Stern), raumlaborberlin (Markus Bader & Christof Mayer), Alona Rodeh, Gözde Sarlak & Moritz Ahlert, Tatjana Schneider, Dubravka Sekulić, Fiona Shipwright, Jonathan Solomon, Stavros Stavrides, Rosario Talevi, Urban Gossipm Mara Usai, Jean Philippe Vassal, Die Vielen, Raul Walch, Janin Walter, Zuloark

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Public Programme

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  • Day: 30.08
    Time: 17:00-19:00
    What:

    Opening Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 03.-05.09
    Time: 10:00-18:00
    What:

    Baking Futures: Clay & Dough Lab

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
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  • Day: 03.09
    Time: 20:00
    What:

    Bauhaus_diskurs: Making Differences

    Where: temporary bauhaus-archiv
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  • Day: 03.09
    Time: 20:30
    What:

    After-Dark Trip: Blackouts

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 03.-08.09
    Time: 18:00
    What:

    Baking Futures: Slow Dough Conversations

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 04.09
    Time: 18:00
    What:

    Practice: Chor der STATISTIK!

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 04.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Conversation: Non-Standard Appearance / Future Façades

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 04.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 04.09
    Time: 19:30-21:30
    What:

    Workshop: Transformation Fitness Studio

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
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  • Day: 04.09
    Time: 22:00
    What:

    Lecture Performance: “Die Vielen”

    Where: Haus der Statistik
  • Day: 05.09
    Time: 17:00
    What:

    Reading Group: Critical Care

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 05.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 05.09
    Time: 17:00-22:00
    What:

    Floating Thursdays: Book Launch

    Where: Floating University
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  • Day: 06.09
    Time: 19:30-21:30
    What:

    Launch: The Funambulist Magazine #25

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 06.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 06.09
    Time: 19:30-21:30
    What:

    Workshop: Transformation Fitness Studio

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
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  • Day: 07.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 07.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Conversation

    Where: Haus der Statistik
  • Day: 07.-08.09
    Time: 20:00
    What:

    Nocturnal City Walks

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
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  • Day: 07.09
    Time: 21:30
    What:

    Lecture Perfomance: Tom Paints the Fence – Re-negotiating Urban Design

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 08.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Conversation

    Where: Haus der Statistik
  • Day: 08.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Conversation: Beyond Pioneers

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 10.-12.09
    Time: 15.00-19:00
    What:

    Baking Futures: Social Dough Fire

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
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  • Day: 10.-11.09
    Time: 19:30-21:30
    What:

    Workshop: Critical Publishing

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
    More: Event
  • Day: 10.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    More: Event
  • Day: 10.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    More: Event
  • Day: 11.09
    Time: 19:00
    What:

    Chor der STATISTIK!

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    More: Event
  • Day: 11.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    More: Event
  • Day: 11.09
    Time: 19:30
    What:

    Open Slot: Making Futures School

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 11.09
    Time: 20:30
    What:

    SUB-DOGMA 13 Screening: Object Oriented Cinema

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 12.09
    Time: 10:00-18:00
    What:

    Workshop: SUB-DOGMA 13

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
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  • Day: 12.09
    Time: 19:30-21:30
    What:

    Workshop: Transformation Fitness Studio

    Where: Haus der Statistik
    Registration: Register
    More: Event
  • Day: 12.09
    Time: 20:30
    What:

    Screening: Workshop SUB-DOGMA 13

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 13.09
    Time: 14:00-19:00
    What:

    Open House: Making Futures

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 13.09
    Time: 19:00
    What:

    Chor der STATISTIK!

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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  • Day: 13.09
    Time: 21:00
    What:

    Lecture Performance: Afraid in the Dark

    Where: Haus der Statistik
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