Spurred by economic deregulations and the intertwined mobilisation of people and goods, informal systems have taken on a global dimension in structuring how we connect to each other, how we inhabit our environments, and how we engage in political and social operations. Rampant informal markets along the European peripheries, for instance, have mushroomed into novel and extreme material configurations. Are these architectures of informal exchange the low-cost equivalent of global capital markets or does their creativity point towards more sustainable ecologies?
The symposium, initiated by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) research project ‘Relational Architecture’, aims to critically examine the role of architecture in this transformation of our political and economic environment, ranging from the local sphere of neighbourhoods to the civic potential pf transnational regions.
New prototypes for extreme spatial configurations have emerged from informal structures in the wake of the economic deregulation and exploding mobility. Rapidly spreading informal markets on the peripheries in Europe, for instance, form urban nodes for the networks of global migration. Are these architectures of informal exchange the forced low-cost counterpart for the success of the global capital market, or is their creativity showing the way to more sustainable ecologies? /press release/