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Ongoing Research

Post-flânerie: Altering Visual Attention, Walking Behavior and Urban Experience

Research by Gorsev Argin (advisors: Burak Pak and Handan Turkoglu ) || In the last decade, the advances in mobile technologies and location-based applications reshaped our mutual relationship with the urban environment. These technologies, as both a mean and barrier to the engagement between the humans and their environment, have transformed the urban experience in profound ways.

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Sonic Urbanism as Critical Spatial Practice

Research by Caroline Claus (advisors: Burak Pak and Peter Cusack) || Within a context of militarized urban transformation seeking sonic strategies to deal with alienation, repression and immobility, the importance of sound’s affective and disruptive capacities, cannot be understated. Sonic Materialism offers us a non-anthropocentric perspective and becomes simultaneously a means of artistic as well as critical inquiry.

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Expanding Architecture: From Build Space To Lived Space

Research by Petra Pferdmenges || Alive Architecture is a research-based practice situated in Brussels. All projects contribute to knowledge within the ongoing discussion about the expanded role of the architect, enlarging the discipline from built space to Lived Space.

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Solidary Appropriation of Urban Waiting Spaces

Research by Aurelie De Smet (advisors: Burak Pak and Yves Schoonjans) || Previous research has shown that practices of Temporary Use of Waiting Spaces can play an important role in the redevelopment of the city and offer an alternative approach to the creation of collective spaces. However, as practices of temporary use are becoming more and more common, new questions are now rising e.g. on which users are entitled to claiming these spaces, previously neglected by the mainstream urban actors and therefore pre-eminently available to alternative, more fragile actors.

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An ICT-integrated Participatory Design Model for Urban Transformation Areas in Turkey

Research by Ahmet Gun (advisor: Burak Pak) || Turkey is vulnerable to disasters such as earthquakes, flood and landslides. Millions of housing units are planned to be demolished and rebuilt in next fifteen years within the scope of urban transformation. The existing legal framework and implementations realized are hardly participatory and thus cause conflicts. In this sense, there is a need to find novel ways to empower citizens and facilitate public participation so that these areas can be transformed with a data-driven approach by considering user needs and preferences; and valuing the existing socio-spatial and cultural context.

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Solidary Mobile Housing Co-Creation Project

Solidary Mobile Housing INNOVIRIS Co-Creation Project Supervisor: Yves Schoonjans Co-sup: Burak Pak Researcher: Aurelie de Smet Solidair Mobiel Wonen is a project of the Living Team of Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel , the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven , BC Architects bvba and CAW Brussel , and mainly financed by Innoviris , which searches for and experiments with possibly innovative and resilient living models, based on the housing problems in our capital. It originated from Atelier Caricole , an initiative to start the search for affordable and quality homes with homeless people. In 2016, it was finally decided to respond to the offer by launching a co-creation project for mobile homes: SwotMobiel.

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EC Creative Europe Cooperation Project

A-Place: Linking Places Through Networked Artistic Practices Supervisor: Burak Pak Co-supervisor: Petra Pferdmenges Researcher: Rosie Romero A-PLACE will design and implement art-centered placemaking activities (i.e. performances, installations, debates, video and photography productions) in five European cities -Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Ljubljana, and Nicosia- to connect meanings and experiences associated to places across cultural and geographic boundaries.

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Comma Network: Building Knowledge Commons for Commons Architecture

Research by Hulya Ertas (advisors: Burak Pak and Caroline Newton || During the post-political turn, the relationship between architecture and power structures has been defined as one-directional, to such degree that the professionals practicing within the fields of architecture started to define themselves as merely “service providers”. This not only positions architecture as an oppressed and passive discipline but also makes it part of the TINA (there is no alternative) rhetoric. However if there is a relationship between power and architecture this also signals that this relationship may be subverted.

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Spatial Network Practices

Research by Rosie Romero (advisors: Burak Pak and Petra Pferdmenges) || There has been a critical shift in Spatial Design as a fact to Spatial as a matter of concern, in which the building of networks is of much more significance than the objects of architecture (Moore, 2016). These operate as interdisciplinary collectives of autonomous practices uniting around a shared vision and a common platform, leveraging their skill sets to create a unique value proposition (Morgan & Roach, 2011, p.7). The networked spatial practitioner of today acts as a public intellectual who mediates and articulates a medium for spatial design, make use of networked intelligence, and set the spatial agency in the projects to arrive at continuous co-creative processes (Wigley, 2007, p.47).

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A List of Ongoing Alt_Shift PhD projects

Ongoing PhDs • Ertas, H. Pak, B. (sup.), Newton, C. (co-sup) A Knowledge Commons for Understanding Commons Architecture

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