Laboratory of
Immediate
Architectural
Intervention

This Masters Programme will from the fall semester 2017 be replaced by our new Masters Programme in Architecture and Urban Design.

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.


Liai Sauna


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.