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Dream – Play – Challenge: The Future of Residential Living

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Dream – Play – Challenge: The Future of Residential Living


Dream – Play – Challenge: The Future of Residential LivingInternationales Symposium zum Thema „Wohnen der Zukunft“ im Rahmen des Festivals Women in Architecture Berlin 2020 | Bewerben Sie sich bis zum 17.02.2020

What does it mean today to reside, to be a (non-)resident, to be in residence or to build a residence? The traditional concept of the “residential” has been thrown into question by the challenges of the 21st century. Residing – an act so fundamental to humanity – is contested by socio-economical and cultural uncertainties, be it by precariousecological conditions, forced uprootedness, re-de ned concepts of gender and family, or by culturally diversemodels of domesticity. At the same time, the concept of the “residential” continues to lure us with its echoes ofstability and permanence, as a term which conjures the desire for a home within societies that often nd it more and more dif cult to provide one.

Are traditional notions of the “residential” still tenable and generative? In what form can ways of residing that challenge traditions and respond to current pressures be built or imagined today? In the past, architects havecontributed innovative though often prescriptive proposals to such questions. We are speci cally interested incontributions that use contested situations as a starting point to Dream – Play – Challenge the production of residential space.

Projects and research may work through (but are not restricted to) the following approaches:• the playfulness of dwelling
• cooperative, collaborative, and performative residential practice
• the language of residential place-making

• ctional residential space, dreams of residing
• antagonism, provocation or persistence in the residence

This call is addressed to architects and researchers including PhD fellows, graduates in architecture, planningand related elds, as well as to actors and initiatives exploring new strategies of residential living. We welcomea range of presentation formats including research papers, project presentations both built and unbuilt, drawingsand lm. Selected contributors will be invited to submit a paper to be included in the planned publication, Dream– Play – Challenge: The Future of Residential Living.

Symposium organisers: Sarah Rivière and Wiltrud Simbuerger on behalf of n-ails, the Berlin Network for Women Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Landscape Architects and Urban Planners.

Submission guidelines: Please email your abstract of 400–600 words addressing the objectives, content, methodology, and results of the work to: Please include the title of the project, 1–3 images, and a short CV including af liation and contact details.

Deadline for abstracts: 17th February, 2020
Results of the selection process issued: mid-March 2020
Deadline for revised abstracts for the symposium booklet: 18th May, 2020 For further information please contact:
Sarah Rivière,, tel: +49 (0)176 303 466 15Wiltrud Simbuerger,, tel: +49 (0)176 84 81 89 67

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