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What does this global convergence of design attitudes mean? Are we really seeing an international shift that explains the shared values of our generation? Or is the consensus about participation and bottom-up just a fashion? And secondly: Is the acupuncture approach working? Or is it just creating short-lived dreams of a better world that are quickly appropriated by the very forces of commercialism and top-down power which they are supposed to replace?

In open discussions an international group of architects, city planners, economists, historians and critics explored their common ground, but not without defining their differences clearly. Projects and experiences from all over the world were shared, with a focus on three themes:

  • We the People, on the democratic value of master plans, particularly the new one formulated for São Paulo;
  • What’s Your Crisis?, on how economic and political crises and dramatic social changes are forcing architects to reevaluate their way of working;
  • Bottom-Up Is Not Enough, on if and how bottom-up projects can exceed their small scale.

Perhaps the most important ambition of Track Changes was to take architecture and urbanism out of the ghetto of academia and the black boxes of politics and business, to put them back into the centre of public debate.
 

For more information, please visit the Track Changes Website

04/11 – 07/11/2013