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conference 2015

The Think Space (Un)Conference 2015 is scheduled for October 2nd and 3rd 2015, in Zagreb, Croatia. The event 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 once again integrate the competition results and the selected papers. 

Purchase your Think Space (Un)Conference Fee now at the special 50% discounted rate here!


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.


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 July 15th 2015) 50 

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 "!


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.

Unconference starts with the annual theme, the competitions’ topics and some basic questions attendees can expect to be addressed. It 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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THINK public SPACE Competition

Launch 27 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 27 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



Aristide Antonas
Greek architect and writer, holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Nanterre, University of Paris X. Antonas has been a visiting lecturer in Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Instituto Universitario de Architetura de Venezia (IUAV), Architectural Association (AA), University of Cyprus Program of Architecture, University Jose Cela (Madrid), Fine Art Academy of Gyumri (Armenia), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Technische Universität München, Politecnico di Milano.  He has worked with  the Center of Mediterranean Architecture in Crete for its Architecture workshops program and is co-founder of the curatorial group Built Event (Island built Event, Landscape Biennial of Barcelona, 2006 - Sao Paulo Biennial of Architecture 2007, Weak Monuments, 2nd Biennale of Thessaloniki). He was co-curator of the Greek Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2004 (Paradigmata) and he is a contributor for the Tranzit Display's Monument to Transformation (Prague and Bratislava, curated by Vit Havránek and Zbyněk Baladrán). His essays are mostly published in the Internet, his literature books are printed in Greek (Agra Editions) and one short story in English (jrp Ringier, Zurich). Two of his theatre scripts were performed in French and one in Greek. The Antonas office functions as an architectural research studio and was nominated for a Mies Van der Rohe Award in 2009 and for the International Iakov Chernikhov Prize in 2010.

Ana Dana Beroš
is an independent architect, curator, editor, educator and exhibition designer, graduated cum laude from the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture, with international professional experience. Co-founder of non-profit group ARCHIsquad, a division for architecture with conscience, and project coordinator of its educational programmes: 'Out of Focus: Architecture of Giving' , Winner of Merit Award at Shinkenchiku competition in Japan, awarded by Jun Aoki in 2009. One of the initiators and board members of THINK SPACE programme and co-curator of its exhibition 'Competitive Hypothesis' at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, in 2013. Author of many exhibition designs, last 'Zero Point of Meaning' being displayed at Camera Austria, Kunsthaus in Graz. Editor of Oris magazine. Recently, she has been selected by Rem Koolhaas, the Curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, as one the contributors in ‘Monditalia’ section as part of 'Fundamentals' organized by la Biennale di Venezia where she received a special mention by the jury. Furthermore, she has been recognized as an early-career architect who has demonstrated exceptional design talent and shows promise for continued creative work - and selected among 7 finalists for the Wheelwright Prize - a awarded by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design GSD in 2014.

Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno
Graduated Architect since 2001 from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). She is driving her own office since 2001 in Madrid. She has a long and deep experience in education. She is Senior Teaching Fellow and Researcher in Barlett School of Architecture (UCL London, UK). She has also teached in Ecole Special (Paris, France) and in HEAD University (Geneva, Switzerland). She was Studio Professor in the University of Alicante (Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Alicante) from 2002 to 2007 and she is at the moment in Madrid University (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and in Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain). Her designer activity is acompanied by a research project called “Social and Aesthetic Repercussions of technical topics and solutions which take ecology into account” and that has taken her as visitting scholar to Columbia University in New York (2002), Ecole de Mines de Paris (2003) and Princeton University in New Jersey (2004) and also to the Institut d´Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya (Barcelona), in a Postgraduate Master (2003-2007).
As speaker she has participated in forum, lectures and debates in more than 80 international destinies and more than 90 different magazines and publications has talked about the proposals from her office. Her work has taken part of the exhibitions in 8ª Biennale di Venezia, 10ª Biennale di Venezia, V Bienal de Arquitectura y Diseño de Sao Paulo in traveling exhibitions as New Trends Europe-Asia, Panorama Emergente Iberoamericano or Europan 7 and in different museums and LIGA (México DF), Galeries including Gallery “mad is mad” (Madrid), Arquerias de Nuevos Ministerios del Ministerio de la Vivienda (Madrid), la Casa Encendida (Madrid), Museo de Teruel (Teruel) and several Profesional Associations for Architects in Spain and several Universities in the same Country. As an architect, she claims for a strong compromise with innovation. In her project she proposes multidisciplinary exercises in which, through ecology, sociology or science, architecture goes beyond stylistic distinctions and meets again the complexity of real life in our contemporary world. She has won more than 20 different prizes in professional competitions.

Jan Liesegang
is a member of raumlabor. "They do urban design, architectural design, building, interactive environments, research." Jan Liesegang born in Cologne in 1968, he studied Architecture in Berlin (TU Berlin), Copenhagen (Kunstakademie) and New York (Cooper Union, School of Architecture). He received a prize for best Diploma in 1997, worked 3 years for Sauerbruch/ Hutton Architects, was Assistant of Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch and Guest Professor at Art Academy Stuttgart, residency in Villa Massimo/ Roma in 2010, founded raumlabor in 1999.

Karin Šerman is an architect and architectural theorist,Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture. She is the Head of the History and Theory Department, and Head of the Architecture Theory Module of the doctoral program at the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture. She also teaches architectural theory at the University of Split. Her work focuses on modern and contemporary architecture and culture, and current theoretical research. She has written extensively on Central European and Croatian architectural history and contemporary architectural scene. She graduated in architecture from the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture in 1989, received her Master in Design Studies degree in History and Theory of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1996, and her PhD from the University of Zagreb in 2000.

In 2014 she was the commissioner and curator of the Croatian entry at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale Fundamentals. With her curatorial team she set up the exhibition Fitting Abstraction, in which they answered to the outlined theme Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, by analysing hundred years of Croatian architecture culture. For that interpretation she was awarded Croatian Architects Association’s award Neven Šegvić for theoretical and research work.