Collective Facilities/Collective Research

Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 5:00 pm

Image for: Collective Facilities/Collective ResearchTUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019; 5:00 PM|SoA N-107

A collective history by Susana Caló, Anne Kockelkorn (ETH, Zurich), Godofredo Pereira (Royal College of Art, London), Camille Robcis (Columbia University), and Meredith TenHoor (Princeton-Mellon Initiative/Pratt Institute)

Participants: Meredith TenHoor, Camille Robcis (Columbia),  Godofredo Pereira and Susana Caló (Royal College of Art, London), Anne Kockelkorn and Mortiz Gleich (ETH, Zurich), and via video, Anne Querrien (editor of Multitudes, Chimeres, Les Annales de la Recherche Urbaine)

In the 1970s, groups of interdisciplinary researchers affiliated with the organizations CERFI and CORDA obtained funding from the French state to develop and theorize “collective facilities,” new infrastructures for care. In a political climate hostile to large-scale change, these micropolitical interventions were highly ambitious and included French New Towns, day care centers, historic preservation, and reuse plans, mental hospitals, new forms of institutional psychology, as well as a set of theories about infrastructure and ideology which are currently being translated into English. Participants will present a selection of this work and talk about its relevance to interdisciplinary urban research and activism today.

A closed workshop will be held prior to the event; anyone interested in joining discussions should contact Meredith TenHoor at

Co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian

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