How may we stage being together? What can urbanism learn from live art? When in times of hyper-individualisation will we invent a collective utopia?

Caroline Barneaud is director of international projects in Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne. Stefan Kaegi is a founding members of the Berlin-based theatre label Rimini Protokoll and a leading figure of European theatre  Together they have produced a serious of live-art projects outside of conventional theatre spaces: collective audiotours, documentary truck rides or immersive construction site-experiences.

They join the urbanology residency to reflect on ephemeral timebased formats for public spaces, decentralized urban interventions as «Utopolis»* and on theatre outside of urban infrastructures in nature - or whatever is left of it.

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ARNAUD IDELON / 21-27.03.22

Acteur du mouvement tiers-lieu (La Station - Gare des Mines / le 6b), Arnaud Idelon a co-fondé Ancoats en 2017 afin de contribuer au développement de tiers-lieux culturels et autres alternatives urbaines. Comme journaliste indépendant et animateur radio, il observe les mutations à l’oeuvre dans ces lieux de l’émergence artistique pour une dizaine de médias et enseigne ces sujets à l’université. En 2021, il co-fonde Le Sample à Bagnolet dont il assure la programmation. Il co-coordonne le Diplôme Universitaire Espaces Communs de l'Université Gustave Eiffel en tandem avec Yes We Camp et coordonne le Labo Tiers-Lieux pour l'association France Tiers-Lieux et l'Agence Nationale de la Cohésion des Territoires dans le but de développer les communs de la connaissance autour du mouvement des tiers-lieux.

En parallèle, il explore comme auteur, critique et curateur les potentiels de la fête comme médium artistique autonome au sein du collectif 16AM, les écritures littéraires collaboratives au sein du collectif PARA- et programme le festival d'écritures en présence STURMFREI.


LILI JENKS / 02-15.05.22

Lili Jenks is a Berlin based artist and part of PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH, a collective of street artists, who make low budget downtown art, reclaiming public space and rights by transforming daily and mundane urban life into artistic spaces of political and poetic expression. Created to chip away at established ideas of city life.

During her residency, Lili will creatively engage with the new community of residents and businesses in the recently created Genevan neighbourhood of Cité International.

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Khensani is an architectural researcher, designer and performer from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her efforts are centred practicing intersectionality in the architectural industry through research and practice. She considers herself a multidisciplinary artist, finding a language in spatial, written and auditory explorations.  Khensani is the founder of Matri-Archi(tecture), an intersectional collective that empowers African women as a network dedicated to African built development and spatial education. She is based between Switzerland and South Africa.

Khensani is also an editorial contributor at the Architectural Review in London. Her most recent research focuses on safe space, infrastructure and social provision in hopes of reducing Gender-based violence in Cape Town across urban design, architectural and public policy levels. She is also part of Hunguta collective, having exhibited at the 2019 Oslo Triennale on a project titled Disruptive (de)growth Repository of Southern Ecosystems, addressing the archiving of spatial practices in sub-Saharan Africa as a means of subverting the assumed objectivity of Western Canonical spatial knowledge production. She also explores these intersections through spoken word projects as Khe, bringing to the forefront the emotive presence of spatial knowledge production. 


MATTHIEU JACCARD  / 19-30.09.22

Matthieu Jaccard est architecte et historien de l’art indépendant. Commissaire d’exposition, enseignant, guide, il développe ses projets en Suisse romande et allemande, ainsi qu’en France. Son activité s’attache notamment à la mise en perspective, sous des formes diverses, de la production architecturale et artistique au regard d’enjeux sociaux, politiques ou économiques contemporains.



Rahul Srivastava is Rahul is an urbanologist, who brings his learnings in anthropology and visual ethnography to urban practice.

Co'founder of urbz, he studied social and urban anthropology in Mumbai, Delhi and Cambridge (UK). His previous publications include an ethnography of urbanized nomads around Mumbai, a novel published by Puffin, (Penguin, India) and 'The Slum Outside', a commentary on Dharavi, co-written with Matias Echanove and published by Strelka Press. He continues to write extensively on urban issues.    

Rahul will use the residency to explore evolving societal changes that are impacting our conceptions, behaviours and aspirations around what it means to 'live and work'.  


Andreas Ruby is an architecture critic, curator, moderator, teacher and publisher. He has taught architectural theory and design at Cornell University, ENSAPM Paris Malaquais, the Metropolis Program Barcelona and Umea School of Architecture among others. Aside from regularly contributing to selected international architecture magazines, he has published about 20 books on contemporary architecture. In 2008 he co-founded together with Ilka Ruby the award-winning architecture publishing house RUBY PRESS.


He has organized several international symposiums and exhibitions on architecture and design, such as the traveling exhibition "Druot, Lacaton & Vassal – Tour Bois le Prêtre“ launched in 2012, the Montenegro Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial in 2014, and most recently „Together. The New Architecture of the Collective“ at the Vitra Design Museum. 


Since 2016 he is the director of the SAM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel.



YEHUDA SAFRAN  / 28.05-04.06.21 & 15-21.08.21

Yehuda Emmanuel Safran studied at Saint Martin's School of Art, the Royal College of Art and University College, London. He has taught at the Architectural Association, Goldsmith's College, London University, and the Lan van Eyck Academy. He was a fellow of the Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism and Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois as well as at RISD. He has published in Domus, Sight and Sound, Lotus, A+U, AA File, Springer, Artpress, Prototypo, Metalocus and 9H. With Steven Holl and others he is editor of 32 Bejing/New York and is the author of Mies van der Rohe. He curated, inter alia, the Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition 'The Architecture of Adolf Loos' and the 'Fredrick Kiesler' show at the Architecture Association. He was a trustee of the 9H Gallery, a Founding member of the Architecture Foundation in London and a member of the College International de Philosophie, Paris.


Currently he lives and works in Paris as Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture at Nanjing University, China, and teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York.