Call for Curator lecture series Auditorium 21/22 – Slow Space

For the remake of the AUDITORIUM lecture series, Stad en Architectuur vzw is trying to find a curator/curators who can create a programme centered on this edition’s topic “SLOW SPACE”. AUDITORIUM 21/2 will run from October 2021 to May 2022. Stad en Architectuur vzw is inviting interested candidate curators to use .

Auditorium 21/22

Stad en Architectuur vzw has been organising the AUDITORIUM lecture series since 2001 in cooperation with the department of Architecture of K.U. Leuven. This series has been bringing together a good range of experience and expertise and centres around a standard theme. International design and architecture firms present through their own projects answers to major social and cultural challenges facing the planet today. The series will feature a mixture of renowned designers and up-and-coming architectural talents on the verge of their international breakthrough.

The central theme “SLOW SPACE”

The next AUDITORIUM lecture series will specialise in the theme of “SLOW SPACE”.

We aspire living during a dynamic and vibrant city, where people live, work, shop, play, a city that’s thus a source of inspiration for all. But in today’s fast-moving world, we also need ‘slow spaces’, places where we will pause, slow down, meet and truly connect. How can we inject a way of calm into the shared space of the city?

Shared space – both within the property right and in (semi) public buildings – is usually claimed unilaterally by one or another user. Cyclists, pedestrians, residents, motorists and various user groups demand their space, which results in conflicts. Where is that the balance in justified appropriation? is that this space not rather a “soft” category to be negotiated, or a “hard” object to be marked and defended? We notice a transition towards softer boundaries, a shift towards shared space that you simply , as a user, can not claim on your own. Different disciplines are interwoven, new frictions and shifting processes are happening .

We are trying to find slowed-down space so as to experience new urbanity, without being exposed to too many stimuli. How could we achieve ‘slow space’ by striving for recognition and quality during a craftsmanlike sense? Slow space includes principles of local eating and shopping, of preserving local crafts, of more greenery within the city, of sentimental mobility. How can we offer injections of tranquillity through the commonness of small-scale local production or the standard of flexible living in lively neighbourhoods? Which spatial models checking out a coherence of local production, diversified living and well-considered mobility, can lead us to ‘slow spaces’?

The lecture series wants to concentrate on strong practical samples of soft spaces that we are trying to find within the experience of the town .

The theme ‘SLOW SPACE’ is simply a trigger for the curator to start out working with concepts on architecture in relationship with the surface , which he translates into a relevant, coherent list of speakers. The theme for this lecture series functions as a connection in a world context and leaves ample space for variation. Guest speakers not only show experimental design, but also tangible results through completed projects.

What part does the curator play?

The curator develops and organizes a lecture series of six lectures in total in consultation with Stad en Architectuur.

The assignment consists of making a shortlist of potential speakers, creating a coherent programme supported the theme ‘SLOW SPACE’ and therefore the shortlist of speakers, booking said speakers, writing promotional texts, hosting the speakers during the lecture-events, welcoming and introducing them and conducting Q&A’s.

Who can apply?

Stad en Architectuur would really like to ask anyone who
• features a detailed knowledge of current international developments in contemporary architecture
• is out there to organise the whole project and may participate in any and every one meetings concerning the project.

Stad en Architectuur is inviting candidates to apply with a full proposal of lecture series by shortlisting a number of design agencies and motivating that shortlist.

Stad en Architectuur is inviting candidates to send their application until Sunday April 18, 2021, 24:00.

Read more…

Interested parties can send their application to Kristel Putseys, Rijschoolstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium or

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Call for Curator lecture series Auditorium 21/22 – Slow Space
  • Type

    Call for Submissions
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    April 18, 2021 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    April 18, 2021 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    aula KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium
  • Price

  • Country Restrictions

    Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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