The Improvisation of Space
While doing research on and lecturing theory in Urban Design, I found myself noticing something almost too simple to discuss – the common reliance in urban studies on the concept of “the city as product of everyday practises” which, while putting action to the fore, has little regard for any theory of action. In other words: In an era of the emphasis on practises in the urban studies I saw it as important that there should be no silence about the model of action implied in this fundamental concept and that there is a need to redefine or clearify this model. In this way I attempt to offer a new understanding both of what we do, when we make the city or what we do, when we analyse and represent this making.
Christopher Dell (Dr. habil.) is a theoretician and composer. Currently, he teaches as Professor for Urban Forms of Knowledge, Organisation Theory and Relational Forms of Practice in the research and teaching programme Urban Design at HafenCity University Hamburg. He held a similar position at Technical University Munich. Dell is also director of ifit, Institute for Improvisation Technology, Berlin. His international experience includes teachings for the Architectural Association, London, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Columbia University, New York and Academie for Bouwkunst, Arnheim. He is interested in practices and the organisation processes in the contemporary city. In trans-disciplinary work constellations he attempts to conceptionalize relational forms of action as procedures and to render them fruitful for research and design.