Today, about 55 percent of the world’s population is thought to be residing in urban areas which is a proportion expected to increase year by year. That is to say, most of us are living in the cities, and we almost never leave—houses, schools, offices, shops, cafes, and all others are located within the boundaries of them.
Cities indicate many clues of the culture, habits, and character composed by its residents and also visitors. They bear the traces of its inhabitants and pass them to the others, while inhabitants shape the city and get oriented by it. But do we really pay attention to our surroundings? Are the streets that we pass by every day only functioned as the bridges taking us from A to B? Any chances that a small detail hidden between the cobblestones telling us an appealing story? We are surrounded by countless forms, colors, styles—Can the cities help us create?
Through the lecture series Seeking Unseen, public spaces will be discovered within the contexts of design, art, and architecture. Containing 11 lectures, the intention will be to create various routes through discussions in order to awaken one’s interest paid to the built environment.
The theoretical part will focus on seeing the details in the city, doing research to them and get to know the possible historical and cultural meanings. The second part will go through many work examples from different fields that have been created by the inspiration coming from the cities: Artworks, design works, books, movements, poems and so on. And finally, the practical part will be the excursions to Berlin and Weimar—with the attention of comparing different scales, finding similarities and distinctions, changing perspectives. After the tours, the participants will be asked to come up with projects/ideas in their field of choice.