Open Markets, Open Play
Free Public Lecture
Melbourne School of Design
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The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, in partnership with the Melbourne School of Design, invite you to attend a special lecture by distinguished architect Alexis Sanal, 2018 Droga Architect in Residence.
In this talk, Alexis will discuss her research around open one-day markets and how their timeless acts of self-organised urbanism across civilisations and geographies are as pertinent to contemporary architecture, place-making and iconic identity as are museums, public libraries and entertainment centers. Istanbul’s unique construction of market making is defined by its use of residual and underutilised city spaces into places of vibrant community-centric public life, one day each week. SANALarc has earned international recognition for their public realm works, and their practice focuses on investigating ways city-makers can self-organise in re-imagining the potential for transforming underutilised spaces into places for living culture. These are also envisaged as sites for robust micro-ecologies, and as inclusive environments for sub-cultures to flourish.
Alexis will share SANALarc’s Imaginable Guidelines design tool, as an inventive actuator of crowd-sourced city-making knowledge, and that engages an inclusive process in public realm design. As open markets are perceived as playful acts of civic life, have simple program rules and are stages for actual multi-generational playtime, her residency research is focused on developing this notion of ‘Open Play.’ Alexis will elaborate on this as a concept that can underpin an alternative repositioning of regulations as enablers, to rehearse multi-functioning living, working, trading, playing and sharing into particular time-based architectural designs.