Laboratory of
Immediate
Architectural
Intervention

The LiAi aims at expanding the architect's range of activities, and empowering its community through its members' ability to actually make a difference.

Watch a presentation of the LiAi master program here.

Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention (LiAi)

The Master program is structured around the idea of architectural intervention, interrogated in relationship to its duration and effects in and around the community where it takes place, indeed, in it its potential to create community. Whilst the program's approach can be related to certain artistic practices, it is rooted in an understanding of spatial conceptualization and production as the architect´s most important skill. The Laboratory explores the possibilities of architectural practices which conceive and articulate diverse processes of community development and transformation. Real local, regional, national and global issues transverse the laboratory's practices of performative, immediate intervention in, and transformation of, space in 'real time and place'. The "sites" of these interventions in the public sphere are in general made, not given, and their 'construction' comes about in relation with governmental agencies, diverse institutions, people, materials, things and other actors. The projects are often developed in relation with or within non-western environments which makes cultural understanding and research also essential to the laboratory.

 

At the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention, we believe that our only option is to understand, critique, intervene in, and devise the various apparatuses which are enmeshed in our enactments of the world as human beings and therefore as architects in order to qualitatively transform the worlds we inhabit.

Our work questions one of architecture's apparatuses - the oft-persistent mirroring and representation of spaces of neoliberal agendas - and develops transversal, diffractive methodologies that produce effects in exchange with, and to transform, sites.

The Laboratory interrogates an expanded notion of site. Sites, as apparatuses, are made, not 'given'. Real local, regional, national, and global issues transverse the laboratory's practices of performative, immediate intervention in, and transformation of, space in 'real time and place'.

The Laboratory broadens the architect's range of activities, and empowers its community through its members' ability to actually make a difference. This making a difference entangles us ethically and politically in the world.

The program is led by Oren Lieberman (Guest Professor) and Alberto Altés, and includes a number of studio-based courses in which students engage in independent research and study, workshops, lectures, reading seminars, study visits, and intervention/projects, often with the help of guest faculty and lecturers.

The program is articulated with additional courses on technology, history and theory, run by Thomas Olofsson and Roemer van Toorn as well as with guest participations from local and international architects, artists and lecturers, other faculty from the Art campus, local institutions and public figures.

Previous guests at LiAi:
Roger Tudó and Claudi Aguiló (HARQUITECTES and dataAE, Barcelona), Susan Kelly (Goldsmiths, London), Joan Vila-Puig and Elvira Pujol (Sitesize, Barcelona), Aida Sánchez de Serdio (UB, Barcelona), Per Nilsson (Konsthögskolan Umeå), Javier Rodrigo (Transducers, Spain), Francesco Apuzzo and Axel Timm (Raumlabor, Berlin), Linda Stoian Cassens (Swiss Architecture Museum), Roland Spolander (Konsthögskolan Umeå), Olle Forsgren (City Architect Umeå).

 

The program is led by:

Alberto

 

Alberto Altés Arlandis
Lecturer
alberto.altes@arch.umu.se
+46 90 7866751   

 

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Oren Lieberman
Guest Professor
oren.lieberman@arch.umu.se 

 

 

More information on the Master program LiAi can  be found at: uma-liai.org

UMA LiAi publication on the studio