Planetary Protocols is a new, cross-disciplinary series of talks that brings together international thinkers and practitioners to present their work and perspectives on architecture, design, identity, and statehood.

3 April, 18.00:  Anna Puigjaner

Anna Puigjaner is an architect, editor, researcher and co-founder of the architectural office MAIO. MAIO’s works have been published in various international magazines and exhibited at Biennale di Venezia, Chicago Architecture Biennial and MOMA. Puigjaner was awarded with the 2016 Wheelwright Prize, Harvard GSD, for her research on “Kitchenless Cities”.

Kitchenless Cities
There was a time in New York when the house was understood as an open system. It was designed, not as a single entity, but as a set of connected fragments that could change depending on the need. The space was flexible and adaptable on demand, and expanded also by means of collective domestic services and spaces. The kitchen was optional as the rest of the rooms and sometimes it was left apart, kitchenless.

This typology blurred the traditional limits between the public and the private sphere, between the domestic and the urban, and thanks to its flexibility and share-ability was able to shrink radically housekeeping costs, waste and labour. Still nowadays the idea of home is ultimately a cultural construction whose malleable limits go beyond its physicality. A home, and its kitchen, is therefore a diffuse entity.

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10 April, 18.00 : Kim Cook

Kim Cook is Director of Art & Civic Engagement, at Burning Man, a festival that yearly gather tens of thousands of people in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.
Cook was formerly President and CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans, where she blended art, design, and technology to address civic challenges.

Creative by Design
When we as citizens are intentional about the use of design in the public realm we can nurture, facilitate, and even catalyse creativity, stronger social ties, and meaningful connections to each other – and to the places we inhabit. This talk will present a contrast between general urban realities (using the United States as primary reference) and the annual temporary city in the Desert—called Black Rock City and known as Burning Man—which serves as an opportunity to explore how temporality allows us to innovate, test new ideas and enact creative experiments. The lessons of Burning Man offer the possibility of translating those temporary strategies into active choices that make a lasting impact in other environments. From the experiential to the physical: design matters.

Open talk followed by a response by Ana Betancour, Professor at UMA School of Architecture. In English.

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17 April, 18.00: Durga Chew-Bose

Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-based writer and editor. Her debut collection of essays, “Too Much and Not the Mood” (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2017) articulate a meaningful with space, design and the built environment. Chew-Bose is a senior editor at SSENSE, and her work has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, GQ, Interview magazine, and n+1.

On Shallow Stairs
”I think the writer has to be responsible to signs and dreams. Receptive and responsible,” said American author Joy Williams. “If you don’t do anything with it, you lose it. You stop getting these omens.”
The potential loss that Williams speaks of is, perhaps, one of my greatest fears as a writer. Imagine that. A lacking born from turning off one’s feelers – those funny, hard-to-define inclinations we might have, those radars and heart beams that keep us open. “On Shallow Stairs”—although I promise it will be rife with tangents—will explore art as alloy and art as a gathering of signs and omens, as Williams puts it. Topics discussed will include: the writings and paintings of Manny Farber, Mexico City, fonts, overnight fixes, Agnès Varda, Agnes Martin, Abbas Kiarostami, sardines, family vacations, glassware, Peter Doig, Marguerite Duras, Montreal metros, sandcastles and Proust, and of course, shallow stairs.

Open talk followed by a response by Ann-Sofie Noring, Co-Director, Moderna Museet. På engelska.

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24 April, 18.00: Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organize the world through food. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. They currently lead a studio unit at the Royal College of Art, London.
In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop.

The Empire Remains Shop
Empire Shops were first developed in London in the 1920s to teach the British how to consume foodstuffs from the colonies and overseas territories. Although none of the stores ever opened, they intended to make foods such as sultanas from Australia, oranges from Palestine, cloves from Zanzibar, and rum from Jamaica available and familiar in the British Isles. The Empire Remains Shop, a public installation that opened in 2016, speculates on the possibility and implications of selling back the remains of the British Empire in London today. The Empire Remains Shop works as a platform to investigate and explore postcolonial spatial implications behind the ‘exotic’ and the ‘tropical’, conflict geologies, the financialisation of ecosystems, ‘unnatural’ behaviours, the ecological perception of ‘invasive’ and ‘native’ species, the architecture of retiring to former colonies, or the construction of the offshore and Special Economic Zones.
In collaboration with KTH.

Open talk followed by a response by Lisa Enzenhofer, architect guest lecturer at KTH School of Architecture. In English.

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4 May, 18.00: Beatriz Colomina

Beatriz Colomina—Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University—will talk on and around the theme of social media and its connection to the built environment

Broadcasting Yourself: Social Media Urbanism
Perhaps the most important transformation in the social, cultural and economic life in the 21st Century has been the arrival of social media. A new space for design has opened up. Indeed, social media is the ultimate space for design. Through its multiple platforms, we not only communicate and collaborate with wider and wider groups, but also refashion ourselves. Images, videos, texts, emojis, stickers, tweets, gifs, memes, comments, posts, and reposts are deployed to construct a digital personality. There was no social media before 2000. There has been an astonishing, exponential acceleration in the number of channels, users, interconnections, and speed. A few seconds has become a space for design. This is a complete transformation of the way we live with huge implications for the city.

This talk will explore social media as a new form of urbanization, the architecture of how we live together. Social media has constructed a new kind of virtual city that has taken over many of the functions of the traditional city. We now inhabit a kind of hybrid space between virtual and real. As with the arrival of mass media in the early 20th Century, social media redraws again what is public and what is private, what is inside and what is outside. It even redefines and restructures physical space, the architecture of houses and cities.

This talk will treat social media as a material technology with specific physical effects. While there is a lot of discussion and research into social media in the areas of communication, sociology, economics and politics, the specific urban condition of social media remains unstudied. Treating social media as a new urban condition re-frames the conversation about this technological paradigm: the new forms of creativity and activism, challenges to privacy, collective decision-making, self-construction, new forms of labor, domesticity, and risk.

Open talk followed by a response. Both the talk and the response will be in English.

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Curated by James Taylor-Foster
Produced by Elisabet Schön
Graphics by Daly & Lyon