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May 26th 2014

THE 3RD THINK SPACE UnConference | Registration is open!

LOCATION || ZAGREB | LAUBA | HOUSE FOR PEOPLE AND ART || DATE || JUNE | 11TH TO 13TH | 

KEY NOTE GUESTS || ETHEL BARAONA POHL | CÉSAR REYES NAJERA | DPR-BARCELONA | KELLER EASTERLING | YALE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE |DAVID A. GARCIA | MAP ARCHITECTS | PEDRO GADANHO | MOMA NEW YORK | BRENDAN CORMIER | VOLUME | ARCHIS | 
 
PROGRAMME || ARCHITECTS TALK |  HIGHLY INTERACTIVE SESSIONS | PARTY | AWARD CEREMONY | FOOTBALL MATCH | EXHIBITION | LECTURES | DESIGN PROPOSALS | PAPERS | PROGRAMME DOWNLOAD |
 
REGISTRATION || REGISTER HERE | MORE INFO HERE INFO@THINK-SPACE.ORG | SPECIAL* PRICE | STUDENTS | 350 HRK | 37 € + VAT | INDIVIDUAL PRICE | 950 HRK | 100 € + VAT | PROGRAMME DEVELOPED & ORGANIZED BY ZAGREB SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS | 
 

THE UNCONFERENCE – INTERACTION AND CO-CREATION


An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance. Unconferences came from the realization that "the sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage" (Source: Dave Winer).

It favors discussion and interaction over talking head presentations. Only 25% of the programme will be covered by key note speakers and guest presentations. Past Forward unconference starts with the annual theme, the competitions’ topic and some basic questions attendees can expect to be addressed. From there, unconference moderators bring together a group of participants who are interested and passionate about that topic. Then, on the first day of the conference, these participants build the conference’s agenda and act as its speakers and session leaders. In short, any registered participant at the unconference can lead a session. This way the unconference sessions grow directly from the expertise and passions of those participating. The lack of a preset agenda allows attendees to shape the event to their interests and engage up in the conversations about the things they care about around the main theme.

Past Forward unconference is a forum to talk to peers, learn new things, and build new collaborative networks that will send the participants back to their practices energized and ready to re-think the space.

PARTICIPANTS

Past Forward unconference will aim primarily for architects and students of architecture, but others in similar professions like design, landscape architecture, arts and humanities all around the world are encouraged to participate. In particular, the participants of the competitions will have the chance to meet in person the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions as well as other participants who were challenged by the same jurors’ questions. This will be the real exchange of the ideas beyond the virtual one that took place throughout the year.

Participation fee

Fee includes participation in unconference sessions, conference materials, all lunches, coffee breaks, refreshments and dinners.

Early registration (before May 30th 2014)
institutions, individuals - 950 kn / 100 € + VAT
DAZ/ Think Space alumni*/ students - 350 kn / 50 € (VAT included)

20% discount for 2 or more from the same organization, students, free lancers and unemployed...
*if you have  participated in a Think Space competition or submitted an abstract to TS Call for Papers - consider yourself a Think Space alumni.

If the participation fee is not affordable to you, please contact Think Space Team - we work with the principle "offer and contribute what you can "!

PROGRAMME

WHAT IS AN UNCONFERENCE?

Many unconference features match the characteristics of the traditional science fiction convention held since the 1930s, events which include many members of the geek community. The term unconference first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference in 1998. The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

What is the difference between a conference and an unconference?

A typical conference usually has a set agenda, guest speakers, presenters and opportunities for forum discussions. If you attend such a conference, unless you’re presenting, your primary role is to listen to lectures or watch presentations, and perhaps participate in some discussion surrounding the focus of the conference or specific lectures and presentations. Evenings at conferences tend to be devoted to socializing, giving time for people to meet with other like-minded folk in a much more freeform way.

Instead of having a specific agenda, attendees at an unconference are expected to much more actively engage in the event.When a freeform conference begins, people write up things they would like to discuss, or things they’d like to present. An agenda for the weekend is then decided, usually with significant break time for small group discussions. Some people post ideas they might like at an unconference ahead of time on the Internet..

Who is participating?

Everyone can and have to participate! There is no strict difference between speakers and listeners. Everyone is free to take a part in discussions and creating of the topics as well as leading the sessions. The rule of 'Two Feet' states that people not learning or contributing to discussion must find a discussion they can learn from by taking their “two feet” elsewhere.

Beyond the Borders unconference starts with the annual theme, the competitions’ topics and some basic questions attendees can expect to be addressed. Beyond the Borders unconference will aim primarily at architects and students of architecture, but others in similar disciplines like design, landscape architecture, arts and humanities from all around the world are encouraged to participate. 

How to prepare?

Only 25% of the programme will be covered by key note speakers and guest presentations, rest of the programme is open for the attendees to create it the way they want.

You do not need to do preparation in order to convene a session. If you have an idea on the day of the event, call a session.There is no ‘right way’ to lead a session. However,  there is a bias towards interaction and discussion. Choosing a format for your session will help you achieve your vision. Do think about the ideas that you want to cover in your session, and how you want to cover them. But don’t feel as though you need to prepare a great deal. Experiment with the kind of sessions you lead. There is no such thing as “failure” at an unconference. 

Read more about How to prepare to attend an unconference.

What to expect?

Expect the unexpected! The topics aren’t predetermined, creating unpredictable and unknown opportunities for learning. Be ready to go with the flow – this event is intended to help you and all the other grantees find the time and space to talk with and learn from each other. The participants of the competitions will have the chance to meet in person the guest curator and the jurors of the competitions as well as other participants who were challenged by the same jurors’ questions.

Yours sincerely, 

Think Space Team


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CALENDAR 

THINK public SPACE Competition

Launch 20 April 2015
Questions Deadline 20 May 2015
Submission Deadline 30 June 2015
Results Announcement 25 July 2015

Call for Papers 2015

Call Announcement 17 June 2015
Abstract Submission 17 July 2015
Full Paper Submission 10 September 2015
Results Announcement 17 September 2015

IV (un)Conference

Early Bird Registration 20 April 2015
Early Bird Closed 15 July 2015
Late Bird Closed 30 September 2015
Conference 2-3 October 2015