Please join us for the exhibit opening reception of Civic Friche on Friday, September 10, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the College Gallery. Exhibit will be on display through September 21, 2010.
A paradoxical coupling of terms – the institutional with the abandoned – Civic Friche refers to the tactical appropriation of marginal sites for public function. Distinct from traditional strategies of reuse, Civic Friche describes a new approach to urbanism through civic initiative, temporary and interim uses, and public participation.
This spring 17 students from Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning traveled to France and Belgium to investigate the most important examples of this phenomenon and to speak with the architects, landscape architects, urban installation artists and politicians involved in the design and implementation of Civic Friche strategies.
What they discovered is that Civic Friche is above all an ideology. A term that resists translation (wasteland being its most direct and reductive English counterpart), Friche has been embraced as a opportunistic strategy with liberating potential. Like a Gilles Clement landscape, an architecture of friche speculates that the built environment can be set into motion, cultivating emergent behaviors over an indeterminate span of time.
A friche site, whether reappropriated or new, begins with an intimate understanding of the physical and cultural context, yet it assumes that things will change. New programs will emerge. Cultural and economic shifts will invariably take place. Technology will charge ahead. The architect, released from the post of dogmatic creator, envisions solutions that may be fragmented, temporary, juxtaposed, and even subversive.
Read the class blog: studio-civicfriche.tumblr.com