Palace of Un/Learning

Palace of Un/Learning
Max Utech
Exploring and sharing counter-hegemonic design strategies towards accessible, transformable, empowering and resource-efficient un/built structures.

Bernadette Krejs / Max Utech
Team members
Bernadette Krejs
Max Utech
Field of work
Architecture, Urban planning, Research
Project category
Raising awareness
Project submitted

Bernadette Krejs (PhD) is an architect/researcher currently based at TU Vienna (Housing and Design). Her work moves in a transdisciplinary field between architecture, housing and visual culture, where she critically engages with various aesthetic practices and politics.

Max Utech is an architect working between urbanism, architecture, research and art. He is based at the unit of housing design of TU Vienna and was a fellow at Cité des arts Paris and ZK/U Center for Art/Urbanistics Berlin.

Palace of Un/Learning is an archive, a laboratory and breeding ground for counter-hegemonic practices to re/learn how we can live together - across scales from the city to our beds. By reading existing (built) structures differently, society will be enabled to create ambiguities, cracks and niches, where the "other" emerges - a transformative mix of strategies, typologies and vocabulary: queering, hacking, spongeing, commoning, provoking, negotiating, rave, salon, camp …
We propose three steps towards a (post-capitalist) future city infused by far more accessible, transformable, affordable, empowering and resource-efficient un/built structures for a most possible diverse urban society:

UN/LEARN is the search for another vocabulary and typologies. It aims to unlearn routines and norms which are determined through walls, floors and social ideals. It moves away from an architecture practice which has the idea of solving nowadays challenges with even more buildings while serving capitalist mechanisms of housing shortage and risk minimization through limiting diversity.

OPEN describes a collective practice whose histories are written by many. It is not about one exclusive definition of space, history and future. It aims towards a growing knowledge of how our built and lived futures could be, including other forms of cohabitiation with nonhuman existence. It's a call for action, for shapeable and uncoded architectures that stimulate to actively engage and to playfully overcome codes of design, society and aesthetics: flamboyant provocation and shameless claiming.

PALACE of UN/LEARNING is also a place of resistance that claims urgent changes by exhibiting and negotiating them. It can be a Wild Atlas of possible futures, a Living Manifest as love letter and a Radical Salon: collecting knowledge of the many, challenging the ruling and promoting political activist strategies for a different understanding of a sustainable architecture.


Bernadette Krejs / Max Utech
Bernadette Krejs / Max Utech
Bernadette Krejs (PhD) is an architect/researcher currently based at TU Vienna (Housing and Design). Her work moves in a transdisciplinary field between architecture, housing and …

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