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Shall we unlearn how to learn? How do we learn together? What do we actually learn from each other? Is there a space to trigger collaborative learning? From what situation do we learn the most? What does project based learning means? And democratic learning? Or supportive pedagogy? Isn't a school a community of interests? How do we share knowledge? What are the tools to learn? Can we base learning on improvisation? Aren’t we all learners? Aren’t we all teachers? How to foster knowledge and know-how sharing? Within a non-exhaustive exploration of learning strategies at stake within Constructlab’s practice, we will within the Biennial collectively take some time - and space - to think and rethink the way we learn and exchange. Program of events to be released soon.

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 09:26 PM

With Adeline Vieira, Adrienne, Agnes Collaud, Alex Lambert, Alex Römer, Anaïs Renner, Andries De Lange, Antonin Basser, Benoît Beurret, Bert De Backer, Diego Sologuren, Eleonore Devolder, Elisa Saturno, Ella De Pourque, Jan Stricker, Jean-Mickael Taillebois, Jérôme Mallon, Joanne Pouzenc, Juliette Crétin, Juul Prinsen, Laetitia Toulout, Lucas Devolder, Malte Braun, Mara Usai, Mascha Fehse, Mathilde Gintz, Merril Sinéus, Naïm Benyahya, Peter Zuiderwijk, Sacha, Sébastien Tripod

Constructlab — 2021.10.27 06:44 AM

Atelier Collaborative, Osthang Project, Main Hall ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:53 PM

Mont Reel, Montreal, 2018 ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:33 PM

Unlearning Center, Switzerland, 2019 ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 09:02 PM

Superort - Supergau, Austria, 2021 ©Philippe Gerlach

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 09:13 PM

© IBA Thüringen, Photographer: Thomas Müller

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 10:52 AM

Le cours de l'eau, la cour et l'eau ©Mathilde Gintz

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.10.16 06:46 AM

Le cours de l'eau, la cour et l'eau ©Juul Prinsen

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.10.16 06:52 AM

© IBA Thüringen, Photographer: Thomas Müller

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 10:53 AM

Constructlab in Future School ©Constructlab

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 10:56 AM

Constructlab meeting, Future School ©Constructlab

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 10:57 AM

29th Octobre 15h-17h
Live from Future School in Venice
Learning from other collaborative practices

Conversation with Rosario Talevi and Tiphaine Abenia about non-formal education, collaborative initiatives in and out of academia. What can educational institution learn about collaborative learning practices?

Zoom meeting :
Meeting ID: 844 5934 1427

Constructlab — 2021.10.27 06:31 AM

28th October 15h-17h
Live from the Future School in Venice
Learning in Constructlab practice

Workshop from Constructlab members revolving around learnings gathered within projects. What, how and why do we learn ? Together, they open up the conversation in order to discuss and reflect on the Atelier Collaborative as a pedagogic experience.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83434222601
Meeting ID: 834 3422 2601

Constructlab — 2021.10.27 06:35 AM

Public Program, Constructlab @Future School

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 11:03 AM

Public Program, Constructlab @Future School

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 11:04 AM

Public Program, Constructlab @Future School

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 11:05 AM

It’s a sunny morning again. It’s luckily always sunny when a project starts. Sunny, but dusty. It is in the middle of a construction site. Participants have just met the day before. Just the time to share a name, a full background in ten words, a reason to be here. Maybe they had time to exchange on their vision, their ambition, before they go into the unknown. They certainly know what experience they want to have. At least, they have an idea of what to expect.

And that is revealed, while they are, on that very first morning, in front of the wall. It’s time to choose. In front of them, a giant table drawn on a wall will become crucial for the rest of the week. Their choice, at that moment will turn them into cooks, carpenters, singers or designers, at least for the next couple of days. The first ones get served, the next ones negotiate.
Soon enough, that choice that was so hard to make—Shall I stay with the new friends I met yesterday or shall I stick to what I wanted before?—will no longer matter. Soon enough, participants understand that there is more than just one decision. The energy is common. All are part of a bigger project—whether it is to build a mountain, a mill, a swimming pool, a city island, a metavilla or an arch—with a bigger ambition than one’s own, and all the pieces gathered here are essential for it to work. There the participants choose their level of engagement: some will choose to only help, others will choose to help and learn—and then maybe help and learn close to somebody else, by doing something else. Nobody needs to feel alone in his/her field. While exchanging, they get the help they want or need. It’s only a couple of days, the task is clear, the goal is known, the engagement voluntary. Even when it is about building six hundred pieces of the same part, it never lasts very long.
Again that time of the choice on the wall. The groups were made. Today, they dissolve again, and mingle another way. So, what this time? Do they choose something they already know? Or do they try something new? As in the Bauhaus preliminary course, the collaborative workshops give a glimpse of it all and a lesson for life. Beyond each discipline —wood working, graphics, video, furniture making, cooking, performing, everything—a master is in charge of the new group. Sometimes a new workshop is made; sometimes a participant becomes a master. Because sometimes, something is missing. The teaching starts again as an exquisite cadaver. One starts to work where somebody else’s work ended. Meanwhile, in the cooking workshop, the one that sustains the group, everything starts afresh everyday.

They come willing to learn a skill and gain experience. In fact, what they learn is intangible. They learn to become part of a group, they learn to negotiate with others, they learn to position themselves in a micro-society, they learn they can do crazy things, together. They learn to exchange and they exchange through experimentation, through making. Sometimes they reenact what they learn by talking to each other, and for that they also have the evenings, the dinners, the nights or the breakfasts. It is practical and theoretical, empirical and poetical. It’s special. Within the strong pedagogical methodology made up of rhythms, disciplines and missions, participants learn to negotiate freedom. There, they do not just experiment through collaborative work. They feel it. They get it. They come back again.

Extract of "How Together", 2019

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:55 PM

Constructlab Future Session, Constructlab Meeting, Berlin, 2016

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:04 PM

Constructlab meeting in Cantercel, France 2020

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:06 PM

Constructlab meeting in Cantercel, France 2020

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:35 PM

The doorbell rings every two minutes. Every time, the closest to the door opens it. Every time, the same surprise effect. Sometimes the door opener and the newcomer will meet each other for the first time. By exchanging their names, they hear their respective accent and locate each other on a mental map. Sometimes, the door opener and the newcomer have already shared memories. The encounter turns into loud hugs and laughs. This time of the year is the occasion to gather in one place people usually distant. Within the next few days, everybody will have met everybody. Everybody will discover colorful personalities.
It is comfortable here; all know they have something in common. They are here because they want to be. They are here because they think what they do matters. They are here because they need to share. They are here for enjoyment. They are here to go on. They are curious to know in which direction.

They are all here. Amidst the general happy noise, a voice stands out : “Shall we start?” One by one, people move to the other room, caring to carry the right amount of chairs, pens, drinks while continuing the conversation in movement. The move is so smooth that it seems orchestrated. People simply look, exchange and dare to ask each other for what is missing. Every guest takes spontaneously responsibilities for the group. The seemingly organic meeting transforms slowly into an improvised assembly.
The group aligns itself with half a circle, facing what comes on the white wall or the free surface. The hosts of the session start presenting what they have planned: timeframe, format, questions, ambitions and celebrations. They know they are here to work, but in these conditions, work and fun are almost the same thing. One can feel the untold wishes and the sympathetic critics by discovering the yearly projects of the other members, they wish they were there to share time and work. Together. They see what they would have done differently. They bring the topic further. They compare it to their own actions. It makes them think. They are inspired. Today they discover the whole, that they all contribute to building in parts. They wish they had more time for such projects. Or maybe they wish they had more money for such projects. They wish they could do more, live it and live from it.
“By the way, can I ask something? Who decides who is paid or not? And how are projects distributed among the group?” asks a new member. “How do I know I am a member?” asks another one. Whispers rise from the assembly. One answer consists in explaining how it works. Practically speaking. From there, one can build a proposal. The question is not about who decides, but actually about how the decisions are made. It needs consent. It needs compromise.

If the group decides it is a group decision, then it is. If the group decides there should be a guideline, then there is. There, the group decides that no one decides. The project decides. A project can tell if it has the required qualities, ambitions and processes to become an interesting project for the group. Decision making is a product of design.

Extract of "How Together", 2019

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:09 PM


Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:19 PM

"We are all improvising. We are all making decisions. And we are all watching each other improvise. Together, we are improvising. Decisions become shared ones. We will have built this city together."

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:23 PM

Live session map, Constructlab in Venice, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.28 01:44 PM

Live session map, Constructlab in Venice, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.28 02:18 PM

Live session map, Constructlab in Venice, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.28 02:51 PM

"Learning in Constructlab practice", Live session image feeding, 21.10.28.

Constructlab — 2021.10.28 01:45 PM

Conversation with Tiphaine Abenia, Constructlab in Venice, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.29 02:03 PM

Conversation with Tiphaine Abenia, Constructlab gathering, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.29 02:03 PM

Conversation with Tiphaine Abenia, Constructlab gathering, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.29 02:04 PM

Conversation with Tiphaine Abenia, Constructlab gathering, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.29 02:06 PM

Conversation with Tiphaine Abenia, Constructlab gathering, Future School, 2021.

Constructlab — 2021.10.29 02:06 PM

Some know each other, some don’t. They just arrived from different corners of Europe. They are hosted by the local team of the art center for sharing a common experience. Some know what the experience might be, some don’t. And some doubt. While arriving for the first gathering, they discover at the end of a parking lot a hidden small gate to the unknown. There, the hosts have set a series of long tables under the cover of the local public school so that everybody can meet and rest before it all starts. Maybe it had already been started as soon as they prepared their luggage to go. Maybe it had already started a year ago as the idea to gather around water came.

Some know each other, some don’t. Changing this situation becomes an urgent challenge. Tomorrow, they will all have to work together. How could they if they don’t know who is who? And what does define someone? Is it what they do, what they know, how old they are, where they grew up? Most importantly, it is not about knowing themselves, it is about getting to know the others. Somebody needs to take the lead. Somebody needs to propose something. How can they do it without mimicking a reunion of the Alcoholic Anonymous - « Hello, my name is XXX, and I am YYY » / « Hello XXX ».

Ding, ding, ding. Somebody grabs a glass to capture the group’s attention. « I would like to meet you all, I would like to propose something. » While explaining the process of its proposal, small groups are formed. They should be made of around five people, where no more than two to three people know each other within the group. As an act of collective memorization, each one will be given the task to present someone else. Within each group, they negotiate the aspects that seem important to present. Daily life, origin, specificities, oddities, childhood… Everything but what is already visible. Every group develops its own idea of what is important. They share secrets and unknown details, small parts of who they are, or small parts of what they do, what moves them, what they love, each one after the other. All together, they have five minutes. What will be left of it in someone else’s mind will be shared.

« Are you all ready? Now, we form a bigger circle! »

Presenting somebody else needs focused listening. One doesn’t want to misrepresent somebody. They want to show respect. Every detail matters. Every spoken word is a treasure to cherish as it is somebody else’s life. Every spoken word deserve to carry the respect that one gives to intimacy. Of course, there will be other moments to meet individually each persona. First, the encounter is made to the group. This is what this portrait is about. Picturing a group made of many heads, hands, stories, memories, cultures, languages, feelings.

« Let me introduce you to… ». One after the other, they successively take the central role in the middle of the big circle. Switching between presenter and presentee, they can collectively build a blurry picture of everybody’s path towards that one circle.

They have all landed here. Together, they make a new whole. At that point they share the same information. At least, tomorrow, they can name each other by saying « Good morning. »

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 11:12 AM

Drop, drop, drop. Doubting faces look at a drop. Drop, drop. Installed in the middle of the courtyard, a pallet lies on a high table. Some bricks insure the weight. Two 5L bottles each filled with a different set and mix of gravels and sand continuously drop. Underneath, on a bench, glass bottles fill progressively with water filtered through the different minerals. The outcome is clear. Maybe it shouldn’t be.

They can not withdraw conclusions from one experiment. Progressively, they change one aspect, and they do it again. They change the quality of the water they pour in the improvised laboratory. Then they change and adapt the mix in the filters. They search in parallel for other possible solutions. That research can be autonomous. Looking at references, at what others do. But it get more effective once the expert comes in and tell. Think, copy, experiment. Change the thinking, change the protocols, experiment again. Look at the result, evaluate. Accept, or not. Change the protocols, experiment. Evaluate the difference. Evaluate the effort. Discuss the result, discuss the protocols, discuss the effort. Make decisions. Change scale. Go on, and on, and on.

Drop, drop, drop. How much water do we lose while pouring on a slide? Does the angle of the slope influence the resulted outcome? How much water does a tile absorb? First when it is dry, then when it gets to saturation? The pourer turns. While pouring, the collected quantity slightly changes. The way they pour might be different. Change behavior. They try as many ways to pour as they can imagine. Slow, fast, all at once. Change the angle, the distance… or maybe the mood. Or maybe it is quantic water. Maybe it is because they look at it in different ways, they get different outcome. Before knowing, everything is actually possible. The more they try, the more they understand. The more they know how to tune the experiment so that they obtain the best possible outcome. Nevertheless, a question arises. What is the best possible outcome? In that case, what is successful, and what is failure?

A laboratory is full of uncertainties. At first, they know that they don’t know. They don’t know how. Or at least not yet. Experimenting requires a certain patience and determination. Repeating the same process again and again. Making hypothesis, checking the result, changing one datum, checking the result, changing another one, checking the result, learning from doing, hundred times, or more if needed. The expected outcome dictates the experiment. What they know is what they want. What they do not know, is how much effort they will have to make to get to what they want. They integrate failure as a possible outcome. Therefore they go on serene, towards successful failures or failful successures. What they propose in the end is necessarily the result of numerous fails.

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 11:13 AM

Versatility of know-how
Importance of versatility
I like to do things manually!
Interest in materials
Wood construction skills
Metal skills I thought I had
Wood working technics
Metal working
Make a water system
Making a mineral filter
What is a UV filter
The clay of Aveyron, the local flora, the geology.
Making grilled camembert
Making coal
The use of the tools
The size of the mesh
Use a screwdriver
Using a drill
What an HDMI cable is
Using the circular saw
The mesh! (screen printing)
The challenges of the territory
The architect's responsibility towards others
The time needed to design (slow-slow)
The balance to be found between observation and action
Finding the balance between decision and error
Go slower, let things resolve themselves
Follow your intuition
Be attentive to the potential of the situation
Try to see the positive and build on it
Listening > understanding
Narrative as a different tempo
Method to have a peaceful communication
Don't talk too much when there is something at stake
The experience
Sharing, exchanging
The importance of sharing
How to co-design
Inspiration from the experience of others
Rely on others and trust (depersonalize the project)
Stepping out to better coming in
Trust in the group
Magic collaboration
The power of combining skills
Don't be afraid to try
Accept imperfection
Learn from failure
Do things differently by experimenting
Test, experiment
Undefined things results in more creativity
Planning and building at the same time (1 to 1 scale)
Drawing while building and vice versa
Adaptation to the others, be careful to the others
Thinking of all and everyone
Go to the others (strangers)
Giving to strangers
Learn to give: time, know-how, emotions
To find one's 'place' thanks to the group, in the group
To feel useful individually in a collective project
To think collectively rather than personally
Do not isolate yourself
To be available (management job)
Know how to ask
You must know how to delegate
To say « please, help me »
To stay put!
Management, organization on a large scale
Life in a large group
The connection between the different groups/workshops
How a good project can become a family
Equality/horizontality = which allows everyone to go further and the youngest to gain confidence
Importance of contact with young people (pedagogy)
Knowing how to welcome multiple personalities
Experimenting with common senses
Exchange and adaptation
(Re)) weaving links rather than creating them
Working with patchwork (cut and paste)
Creating a common language
Common language
Sharing, community
The importance of kindness
The importance of benevolence and conviviality
Rediscovering the benevolence of the group
Chill out is necessary
Fun is also important (and time to relax)
Organize a space of freedom
Letting go of the aesthetic
Letting go
Keeping your clam
Letting go, new look
Controlling stress
Letting go
I'm not only a lonely one!
To feel good with others (the collective interaction)
Not to be scared of people!
Protection can be prison
Need for moments alone to contribute to the collective
My dynamics in the daily cycles
I'm able to lead an idea until it's done
The role of pivot does not scare me
Being more comfortable by leading
Concretize my thoughts
The right way
Confidence to go for it
Confidence in myself
Knowing that I am strong
Confidence in my work, in my abilities through exchange
Confidence in my use of the tools
Being proud of myself!
I can't hide anything!
Listening to myself
Learning to laugh!
My sensibility : the precision of materials, elements
Combining different interests
Combining all skills
Matching my identities, my skills
Not to be discouraged
Getting out of my comfort zone
My physical limits!
Really doing what I thought I could do
Positive reinvention
Never stop learning!
"Growing time
Reducing to the essential
Be happy with less
Finding the measure

Constructlab — 2021.11.24 11:16 AM
Atelier Collaborative

Atelier Collaborative

Venice, Online, Workshop

Experiments in communal learning and living across disciplines


Over the course of several days, ConstructLab will stage its annual gathering at Future School’s Venice campus, accompanied by a session of uncensored feedback, strategic planning and knowledge exchange. This event will focus on pedagogic strategies at force within the practice and offer an opportunity to reflect on some of the progressive alternative educational approaches from the beginning of the 20th century. Built by a set of committed participants and open to the local environs, a productive convivialist society will take shape within this framework.

Exhibition program participants

Happening now

The Korean Pavilion early space concept and design, 2019

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.14 02:00 AM

Orientation for Future School Broadcasting, Seoul Arko Art Center, Space Feelux, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:50 AM

Setting up Future School Virtual Tour, Seoul Arko Art Center, Space Feelux, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:49 AM

Future School Poster is installed on the front wall in Arko Art Center, Seoul, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:48 AM

The Korean Pavilion, VIP and Press Preview, Venice, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:47 AM

The Korean Pavilion, VIP and Press Preview, Venice, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:46 AM

Future School Online Orientation, Seoul Arko Art Center Space Feelux, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:33 AM

Future School Online Orientation, Seoul Arko Art Center Space Feelux, 2021

Future School Office_Namwoo Bae — The Korean Pavilion Documentation — 2021.12.13 06:33 AM

Exhibition programs

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