conference, symposium

The Think Unconference @ Lauba

place: Zargeb, Croatia
organiser: Lauba
Newly established museum Lauba – People and Art House is the host of the first Think Space Unconference titled Beyond the Borders which is set to take place from 18th to 29th November.

Following the four rounds of the competitions the final event will be organized with an award ceremony and exhibition of projects submitted during the architectural competitions in the Think Space Program.

Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for 300 participants who will lively discuss the question topics from the competition, the final event is planned in the form of the unconference.

The first Think Space Unconference will enable participants and winners from the four international competitions to meet in Zagreb together with world famous architects, the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions. They will jointly explore the themes in personal and group encounters, which were the challenges of the each single competition.

The unconference entitled Beyond the Borders is planned as the crowning of the entire cycle, which also emphasizes and empowers the impact of conceptual architectural competitions and allows for high visibility of the participants, winners, guest curator and jurors, supporting organizations and sponsors. On the other hand, the event itself draws program strength from the competitions and being announced and promoted through the competitions attracts numerous of interested participants.

The Think Space Unconference serves both as a platform for experimentation and exchange of ideas and as a physical space / place where network of progressive thinkers beyond cultural, geographic or institutional borders gather together.

At the end of the cycle an annual publication will integrate the competitions’ results and the discussions and conclusions from the unconference. At the closing ceremony the theme for the next year cycle and four new conceptual competitions will be announced.

This program has attracted so far (although only at the beginning) considerable interest in the world's architectural community. Urban, Geopolitical and Ecological Borders have attracted more than 400 registered participants, mostly architect and urban planners of younger generation and 1200 projects from 35 countries have been submitted and evaluated. We expect further development by the end of 2011.

(D.H., 18.11.2011)