Welcome to the public spaces of the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum! In keeping with the original purpose of the ‘Museion’ of Greek Antiquity, S AM is to be a house for public life from 20 May to 18 June.
Visitors can dwell in a co-working space in the first room, play table tennis in the second, get the feeling of being at a marketplace in the third or at a cinema in the fourth. Become part of public life at S AM and use its rooms for working, playing, reading, eating and relaxing. Commercial or political uses are strictly prohibited.
Forum Basel. Urban Spaces for Community Life
May 20 – June 18, 2017
S AM. Swiss Architecture Museum
Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel
For the entire exhibition period, admission to S AM is free. In parallel to these public uses, each room presents a collective research with public space as its theme: In room 1, Artem Kitaev and Leonid Slonimskiy (Kosmos Architects, Basel/Moscow) explore public space in Basel – in the charged environment of its extremes.
Room 2 presents 12 proposals for a redesign and further development of public spaces in Basel. Based on their analysis in room 1, Kosmos Architects have designed six architectural projects that make places in Basel more appealing and useful for the public by means of small interventions. In addition, the curators and architects Kim Courrèges and Felipe De Ferrari (Plan Común, Santiago de Chile) present the project ‘Gathering Basel’. Under their guidance, six Basel-based architectural offices (Caesar Zumthor Architekten, Focketyn Del Rio Studio, Manuel Herz Architects, Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten, Scheibler & Villard, and Vécsey Schmidt Architekten) have examined how places in Basel that to date have been of rather limited usefulness for the public, can be converted into active and attractive public spaces.
Room 3 is about ‘Common Places’, a catalogue of 44 case studies on new forms of public or collective space. This project was launched in 2012 by Plan Común, together with many other young offices from all over the world, as a means of developing political alternatives or spatial-policy alternatives to the rampant privatisation of urban space. Here, idealised visions of public space are presented in bird’s-eye-view drawings and short positiondefining texts.
Room 4 awaits the visitor with a projection of 6 interviews that Plan Común conducted with key protagonists in the domain of Swiss construction. Barbara Buser (co-founder of denkstatt sàrl), Beat Aeberhard (cantonal architect for Basel City), Harry Gugger (professor at Laboratoire Bâle, EPFL), Monika Linder-Guarnaccia (general manager of IBA Basel 2020), Philippe Cabane (sociologist and urban planner) and Tom Emerson (professor at ETH Zurich) provide information about qualities and boundaries in the culture of the public space in Basel and Switzerland.