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Trade Talk: AAA

Tuesday, 11 February 2014
6.30 – 8pm

This talk by architects Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou introduced ‘R-Urban’, a bottom-up urban development project that focuses on local economical and ecological cycles, with the ambition to strengthen urban resilience and alternative ways of living in a city. ‘R-Urban’ will be the second public space for ‘Trade Show’ after Eastside Project to present and propose ways of producing, negotiating and distributing that are led and run by artists but meant for everyday life.

R-Urban is a bottom-up strategy initiated by aaa to enhance urban resilience capacity by introducing a network of resident-run facilities which create complementarities between key fields of everyday activities (economy, housing, urban agriculture, culture). R-Urban initiates locally closed ecological cycles that will support the emergence of alternative models of living, producing and consuming between the urban and the rural.

To overcome the current crises (climate, resources, economic, demographic), we must, as philosopher Andre Gorz says, ‘produce what we consume and consume what we produce’. This balance between production and consumption through local sustainable sourcing cannot occur without changes in the way we live. R-Urban suggests and introduces collaborative practices which support each other through local networks and form flows, networks and circuits of production and consumption.

atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa) is a collective platform based in Paris, conducting actions and research on urban mutations and emerging practices in the contemporary city, founded by Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu in 2001. Their projects focus on issues of self-organisation and self-management of collective spaces, emerging networks and catalyse urban processes, resistance to profit driven development, recycling and ecologically friendly architecture, to collective production of knowledge and alternative culture.