“Civic Architecture” Research Unit interlaces design studio, political theory, planning and activism. It seeks to develop collaborative, open and deeply inclusive civil infrastructure, capacities and practices that would push towards democratizing planning processes.
What is civic architecture?
Civic architecture is a developing field which brings forth an alternative to top-down mechanisms of urban planning which are led by the neo liberal logic of economic growth, professional knowledge and structural power relations. Rather than accepting the need for hierarchical structures in knowledge and space formation, the ideas of civil architecture open up possibilities to develop dynamic and collaborative processes based on networks of knowledge and action. It adopts programmatic flexibility, tactical and temporal actions while adapting to constantly changing spatial and social needs.