OPEN23 looks into Solidarity as a fundamental and indispensable cohesion within architecture and within society as a whole. Does solidarity have the potential to lead the way through the ecological crisis, and can solidarity be a future driver for sustainable solutions?
Through examples of new aesthetics and redefined ethics – from a new understanding of everythings´ entanglement – OPEN23 will discuss how architecture from a radically alternative perspective can contribute to solutions where solidarity overrules economic interests.
Facing the overwhelming climate changes, we find ourselves in the middle of a cosmological revolution, a polycrisis, with Earth in desperate need of our attention. It is said that Louis Kahn once asked a brick ‘What do you want, brick?’ and the brick said ‘I like an arch.’ ‘But arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lintel over an opening. What do you think of that, brick?” Brick said: ‘I like an arch.’ The question is, will we – as architectural collective – be able to rise, invent new practices, new aesthetics, new paradigms? Dare we ask Earth, ’What do YOU want, Earth’ and will we accept, if the answer is ‘Please leave me alone’?
More than ever, we must consider every step we take, every move we make, every brick we lay. We can no longer settle with being in solidarity. At this point in time, we must act in solidarity.
OPEN23 invites Practice, Industry and Academia to explore the implications of a solidary practice. We´ll present a curated programme based on curiosity, critique and care, fueling a broader discussion about empowered Solidarity in architecture.
OPEN23 is not an unequivocal answer to all the challenges we are facing, but rather an invitation to look into other parameters of the architectural field of how we can join forces, share ideas, visions and dreams for the most eclectic of professions: Architecture.
Karen Kjærgaard, Katarina Bramsen Buhl & Mathias Skafte