AAVS Budapest in conversation with Hello Wood
The Uncommon Walk
Date: Thursday 10 May 2018
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Walkers as Builders
AAVS Budapest launches this year with the experiment of ‘The Uncommon Walk’ which investigates and invents acts of walking as acts of architecture. This evening's conversation between AAVS Budapest and its collaborator Hello Wood explores what it means to regard walkers as builders. Since walking is not normally regarded as an act of building, nor activities of building to be described as walking, the redefinition of both in relation to one another opens up a new architectural perspective. Walking and its various manifestations - wandering, circulating, meandering, pacing or navigating - are discussed historically and contemporaneously to reveal their potential to alter, conceptually and materially, our spatial and urban conditions.
Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won an RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in 2011 for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (Phd). She is a co-editor of RIBA’s The Journal of architecture and is the founding director of SpaceMedia Int and DEZACT.
Originally from Borneo, Pei Yong is an ARB Registered Architect and currently resides in Budapest. She graduated from the AA Diploma and had worked internationally for renowned practices in London, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Singapore. Pei has been a guest critic at a number of architecture schools, including the AA. She now runs her little studio - WY Design and AAVS Budapest.
Péter Pozsár, an architect, co-founder and CEO of Hello Wood. His diploma project won the Árkai Aladár Award in 2005. And in 2009, he was awarded the Moholy-Nagy László Fellowship for Design. He teaches at the Architectural Institute and Doctoral School of the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design Budapest; his research is focused on the social aspects of architecture and the methodological relevance of experience and presence.
Project manager and Head of Education at Hello Wood Orsi Janota joined the team in 2013. She is responsible for international relations and events of Hello Wood's educational division, managing events from conferences through exhibitions to the summer schools and festivals of Hello Wood. Orsi is also a founding member of Technika 1 wood workshop, Hello Wood's community DIY wood working space in Budapest.
Hello Wood started as an art camp in 2010 for students in architecture, art and design and has grown into an award winning, unique international summer school involving more than 65 universities and 30 countries. It teaches to think with our hands, and learn through experience. Since 2013 the Hello Wood group opened its office also, focusing on the design and build of temporary wooden projects.
Image: Vito Acconci, Blinks, 1969
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