WAIT project engages with architecture students

This spring, students from the Bergen School of Architecture can participate in a workshop linked to the multidisciplinary WAIT project.

Anders Rubing WAIT
A protest camp in Los Angeles, USA, is showing support for the protest camp in Saana, Yemen, during the protest ‘Occupy LA’ in 2011.
Anders Rubing

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The workshop, "Temporary Architecture, Material Politics", will explore the temporalities of architecture and textiles and is developed by architect Anders Rubing and social geographer and PhD candidate in the WAIT project, Kari Anne K. Drangsland.

The workshop is offered to postgraduate students at Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) and is closely connected to Rubing and Drangsland’s fields of interest. It focuses largely on the various uses of textiles, and more specifically the banners and tents used to protest injustice, in demonstrations for migrants rights and how migrants use textile as protection and to construct private space. Throughout the workshop, the students will explore the political potential of textiles and spaces.

"It will be interesting to explore these questions regarding temporalities together with architecture students, and simultaneously show how we can learn from each other’s experiences across disciplines", Drangsland says. The content of the workshop is closely linked with the focus of the WAIT-project, where researchers investigate how temporal structures related to irregular migration are shaped by legal regimes, cultural norms and power relationships, and how they shape subjective experiences and life projects.

The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the understanding of the inherent qualities of different materials, and further to engage the students in critical discussions about the relations between time, space, and bodies in the production of space. In addition, the students will explore how architecture and textile could be a tool for producing politics.

About the workshop leaders

Anders Rubing

Anders Rubing is an architect based in Bergen. He is co-editing the forthcoming book ‘The City Between Security and Freedom, Common and Conflicting Politics of Urban Public Space’ (Birkhäuser, 2017). His research about the relation between textile, bodies and creating politics will be published in the forthcoming book ’Protest camps in international context, Spaces, infrastructures, and media of resistance’ (Policy Press, 2017).

Kari Anne K. Drangsland

Social geographer and PhD candidate Kari Anne K. Drangsland is the co-founder of the Centre of Urban Ecology in Bergen, and has for a number of years been heading a master’s course in planning and urban geography at the Institute of Geography in Bergen.