Reopening the Split Case
urban intensities: space, time and pleasures of everyday life
9-16 September 2019
In the city of Split the recently established collaborative platform co+re (Davisi Boontharm and Darko Radović) and University of Split (Neno Kezić et al.) have organised an architecture and urban design workshop - Reopening the Split Case. As the name suggests, the workshop follows a successful event The Split Case, which was conducted in this city in 2011, and resulted in a very well received book. While in 2011 we focused at centrality, the complexities of life in/of Diocletian’s Palace, in 2019 Reopening the Split Case explores the pleasures of everyday, urban life, sun, sea, body, mind. The workshop is conducted in the ancient, 1700 years old tower of Diocletian's Palace and the Rowing Club Gusar.
Reopening the Split Case seeks and values innovation in both discovery and creation of (pre)conditions for good urban life, equally seeking, finding, observing, exploring, understanding, (re)conceptualising and helping new qualities of life to emerge. The participants are both (re)searching the existing pleasures of everyday life and (re)imagining new kinds and levels of quality in Split, within the framework of the right to the city, the quality of life beyond the bounds of consumption. The rigour of critical and creative thinking will be employed to test the working hypotheses, discoveries and proposals.
The participating academics, experts and institutions are University of Split; Professor Neno Kezić, Ana Grgić, Jere Kuzmanić, Bruno Bartulović, Snježana Perojević + local experts + Darko Radović Keio University co+labo, Mita Akira, Mita Lab. + Tadej Glažar University of Ljubljana + Davisi Boontharm and Ko Nakamura, Meiji University dbStudio + Piyalada Thaveeprungsriporn, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok + Ana Medina, Universidad de las Américas, Quito, Ecuador + Rafael Balboa, Kuma Lab, University of Tokyo + David Sim, Gehl, Copenhagen + (as always when co+labo and now co+re are involved) + ++ MUCH more. The teams include students from Austria, China, Croatia, Ecuador, Iran, Japan, Singapore and Slovenia. co+labo team are Amami Iwata, Muxi Yang, Yuki Mori and Koki Suzuki.
The Workshop is one of the cases in which co+re tests its innovative, top-heavy workshop format, aiming to produce original, enjoyable and potent thinking about making and living cities, and to find ways of engagement in actual change. This workshop is a step towards the next stage in co+re activities, building upon previous stages, such as Theory and Practice at Politecnico di Milano, Singapore, University of Florence etc..