the public school for architecture brussels
is a framework that supports autodidactic activity. the public school for architecture brussels offers the opportunity to negotiate public space beyond the limits of current architectural practices and provides a means for the general public to access an architectural culture that is typically out of reach. the school’s mission is to create a new public for architecture while opening up architecture for the public.
the public school is a school with no curriculum. it is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. it is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything. as an educational model, the public school does not apply to a traditional set of values related to success and failure. participation in the public school requires a commitment to process. education is discursive. participation turns the tables; it redistributes the authority between teacher and student, expert and public.
the public school was initiated in the basement of telic arts exchange in los angeles in 2007. there are now public schools hosted throughout the world in locations including berlin, new york and san juan.
the public school for architecture was initiated in new york in 2009 by common room and telic arts exchange. the public school for architecture is unique within the network of public school projects because its attempt to address a specific discipline and open it up to various publics.
the public school for architecture brussels was initiated in brussels in 2014 by common room in collaboration with telic arts exchange and recyclart, with support from ku leuven faculty of architecture campus sint lucas and city3. the public school for architecture brussels engages the specific context of the city of brussels in relation to the broader public school network by establishing a framework for an open engagement in the discipline of architecture (and beyond).
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project development: common room
graphic design: geoff han
site architecture: jonas lund