Part 1: Svejking up the Karlin Barracks
In the spirit of “The Good Soldier Svejk”, the Karlin Barracks is itelf a serious monument waiting to be annoyed, maybe even frustrated. Once a stately military complex, the barracks is now ageing and decaying along with its promise of miitary sovereignty and power. Karlin Barracks should be, like the adventures of Svejk, a place for random occurences within a rigid system. Svejk’s Anti-War attitude in line with Cedric Price’s Anti-Architecture and Non-Plan, is a fun and satirical way of dealing with the series of unfortunate events that has occurred to the barracks.
Part 2: The Carnival of the Commons
The courtyard of the Karlin Barracks is where the Carnival of the Commons can be established, allowing the users to freely inhabit, colonise and take over.
The next level of colonisation at the Karlin Barracks is a juxtaposition against the rigid background of its former military past. Once the barracks has been occupied, and new modules have been created from the depot collection programme, it is inevitable for activity to spill out to the courtyard.
The other courtyards in the neighbourhood seem to be where the inhabitants express themselves, by building informal structures, or growing their gardens, to fulfill additional needs.
The formation of the Commons Carnival at the courtyard is a physical and social resistance against capitalism and planned architecture which has often failed the masses.
By participating in the commons at Karlin barracks, we are able to slowly collect the resources needed for the colonisation process.
The Carnival of the Commons is acollection of everyday objects- donated, found, or salvaged.
With impermanence in mind, these objects can be transported to site, adapted to suit the needs of the user, and also can be taken down whenever the user sees fit.