Night Series at f’ar Lausanne, 2019
© Lea Kloos

Scènes de nuit. Research on Nocturnal Architectural Spaces

October 2020 to September 2022

Leading institution: HEAD – Genève
Applicant: Javier F.-Contreras, Dr. en Architecture
Project team: Youri Kravtchenko, Architecte, Roberto Zancan, Dr. en Architecture, Vera Sacchetti, Critique et curateur de design, Manon Portera, Architecte d'intérieur, Juan Gómez, Designer d'interaction, HEAD – Genève
Financing: HES-SO, HEAD – Genève
Link to the video of the project

SCÈNES DE NUIT is a research-creation project that explores the role of night in the construction of contemporary cities and societies, illustrating how architectural theory and critique are still nowadays associated with sunlight and diurnal paradigms. It is structured upon the hypothesis that since the 20th century night has not only transformed night, but most importantly day activities and architecture forever.

The project addresses the technologies, networks and forms of design deployed in nocturnal architectural spaces and their associated communities, engaging with both local and global audiences through a broad network of practitioners and theoreticians in architectural and night design, as well as experts from different disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, economy, philosophy and media studies, relevant for understanding the intersections between space, night and society at large.

Research is developed through events of various formats, temporalities and conditions, focusing on nocturnal architectural spaces through, but not limited to, inhabited scenography, performative exhibitions, international conferences, debates and projections. The project proposes that there is no difference between format and content, between the production of nocturnal knowledge and its performance.



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