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October 2013 - Presentation at La Novela Festival, Toulouse:

Students of Prof Albena Yaneva from Princeton School of Architecture, Dorit Aviv, Debbie Chen, and Alastair E. Stokes, were selected to present their mapping controversies study of “The Atlantic Yard Controversy” at the La Novela Festival in Toulouse, October 2013: La Novela Festival. More than 15 universities in Europe and USA using the mapping controversies methodology submitted entries for the event.

The Atlantic Yard project was distinguished as it presents an innovative interactive mapping of the debate surrounding a mixed-use commercial and residential project located in Brooklyn, New York at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues (including an NBA arena, residential towers, restaurants and retail). Drawing on three scales of analysis (the urban, the architectural and the detail) Dorit, Debbie and Alastair followed the controversial trajectories of all protagonists involved in the debate (architects Frank Gehry, Etterbe Becket, SHoP Architects, developer Bruce Ratner, New York city government, neighbourhood activist, and the construction union, among others).

Alastair E. Stokes presented the Atlantic Yards project on 7th of October 2013 in front of a broad public including also experts such as Bruno Latour and the FORCCAST team and partners, Clive Hamilton (philosopher from Australia) and Oliver Morton (The Economist).

Program of the event: programme-toulouse.pdf

October 2012 - Presentation at La Novela Festival, Toulouse:

Four students from MSA presented their work Liverpool Museum at the Toulouse La Novela festival on the 9th October 2012.

La Novela is an annual celebration of knowledge and culture organised by the city of Toulouse. The students presented their work to an international audience of researchers. It will be held again this October 2013 with further presentations from international students on knowledge controversies.

July 2012 - Presentation at Futur en Seine, Paris:

Two teams of students presented their work at the French Festival Futur-en-Seine in Paris on 15 June 2012. The two chosen teams were Liverpool Waters and London River Park.

Futur-en-Seine is an international Digital World Festival that shows each year the latest digital innovations to French and international professionals. It allows entrepreneurs, designers and researchers to engage in discussion on digital technologies with the general public.

March 2012 - New Book by Dr Albena Yaneva.

Mapping Controversies in Architecture

This book tackles a number of challenging questions: How can we conceptualize architectural objects and practices without falling into the divides architecture/society, nature/culture, materiality/meaning? How can we prevent these abstractions from continuing to blind architectural theory? What is the alternative to critical architecture?

It places architecture at the intersection of the human and the nonhuman, the particular and the general. It allows its networks to be re-established and to run between local and global, social and technical. Mapping controversies can be extrapolated to a wide range of complex phenomena of hybrid nature.

Note: All of the 2012 mapping controversies student websites are now available to view online.