Can we live (and build) from others' leftovers?
Jan Koerbes and his team at REFUNC are experimenting how waste materials can be turned into high quality micro-housing solutions and, in a bigger scale, into leftovers cities. His research is principally focused on the refurbishment of old grain silos envisioning the creation of a complete new model of sustainable urban settlement: the Silo City.
«As a contraposition to the standard perception of architecture and as a reaction to a dynamic life as garbage architect and international 3D troubleshooter, I developed a dynamic and mobile living structure from a grain silo and a selection of local waste materials. Various simple but logical technical systems enable the silo to be almost independent of civilization, e.g. the shower which works on 5 liter circulated water. In order to look from a different angle at the standard way of living, I started to live with my daughter in the experimental house, which we moved to Berlin at the end of july 2013. The 'silo city' project in Berlin questions the general dynamics in housing and public space, inviting contrasting groups of society to experience the other side of mobility and architecture, from doctors to lawyers, through workers and gardeners to politicians and musicians.» -Jan Koerbes
— — — — — — — URBAN [tiny] TALKS is a series of speeches and discussions with the protagonists of the on-going urban revolution in Berlin. The city, starting with the falling of the wall in 1989, has become the symbol of civic mindfulness, urban activism and participatory design processes.
«What projects are you involved in and how are you personally contributing to the developing process of the city?»; «Where does your inspiration come from and how are you inspiring others?»; «What is your vision of the city in twenty years?». During a relaxing aperitivo time, Leonardo Di Chiara will invite guests from the Berlin scene to answer these questions. Location of the talks is aVOID tiny house at Bauhaus Campus Berlin (klingelhöferstraße 14). In front of a [tiny] audience of 15 people and a broader public watching the event via live streaming from their comfortable sofa, the speakers will let us into their personal story as urban activists. They will tell us more about their current involvement in shaping the Berlin of the future. At the end of the talk will follow a short discussion panel where the audience is invited to participate.
The speaker for the third round of U[t]T will be architect and visionnaire Jan Koerbes. Give any leftover material to him and he will transform it in something functional and brilliant. You can visit one his silo-house at ZK/U — Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik or the Silo tea-loft at Marta Herford. More info on his website: refunc.nl
URBAN [tiny] TALKS is curated by Leonardo Di Chiara as part of his field research as winner of the “Premio Berlino 2017”, a prestigious prize awarded by Italian Ministry of Culture (MiBACT) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) in conjunction with Italian Institute of Culture Berlin and ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory. The series of talks are held inside aVOID tiny house, a mobile living unit designed by Leonardo Di Chiara and exhibited at Bauhaus Campus, an experimental village inside the garden of Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design in Berlin. The programme is carried on in collaboration with Tinyhouse University e.V., Bauhaus Campus Berlin and Italian Institute of Culture Berlin. All the talks will be in english.
> How to participate
If you want to participate in the audience inside aVOID tiny house, please reserve a seat by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
together with your name/surname. You will receive an e-mail as a confirmation of your reserved seat as soon as the parterre (15 seats) is fully booked. If for any reason you can no longer attend the talk, please cancel your reservation by e-mail or invite someone to take your place. It is also possible to follow every episode of URBAN [tiny] TALKS by watching the live stream on aVOID Facebook page at the following link: facebook.com/avoid-tiny-house/.
Videos of all the talks will be available in the future on the same link if you can not watch the live stream.
> Get involved!
If you think your story, or the story of some of your friends, needs to be part of URBAN [tiny] TALKS too, please get in contact with Leonardo sending an e-mail to [email protected]
If the topic fits the programme, it will be an honour to host you as a speaker.
>>> The event is in english, free of charge, reserve your seat <<<
>>> I will ask to take off your shoes to get into the tiny house. So bring double pair of socks. It could be a little cold. <<<