jmag is a project for a two-annual thematic publication reflecting teaching and research at the joint master of architecture program.
The proposed thematic show the interactions taking place within the curriculum and its seminars and project studios, its master theses and research programs.
The content is composed of internal and external contributions.
The publication is structured by its thematic. The publication is destined to an academic environment (researchers, teachers, students) as well as to professionals (architects, urban planners, geographers …) and to public administrations.


jmag 1 identities
090519 IN jmag01
Political, economic, social and cultural actuality is once again defined by a confirmation of a tendency towards uniformity and the erasure of identities. Indications to this are the clustering of states (EU), unification of markets (merchandises, infrastructures, mechanisms) and of the media. A tendency towards differentiation, as its reaction, may be less visible but is equally strong. Symptoms are the reinforcement of local communities, the diversity and adaptability of products and services, the increase of the cultural offer and content (by a multiplication of combinations). This situation cannot be without consequences for architecture, for its roles, its production and reception.

The question of identity crosses domains, disciplines and praxis, reflection and action. Today, it seems to have become a “hot” topic again for historians, anthropologists, psychologists, sexologists, biologists, geographers, …

Which are the processes that produce identity ? How does identity succeed in linking similarity to otherness ? How does it relate to either iteration or reiteration ? Is it a signature ? Must identities be always associated to expressions of a superiority or inferiority complex ? Can one distinguish between quest (intuition of difference) and conquest (affirmation), the balance of freedom (independence / dependence), defence (menace) and loss (alienation or assimilation) ?

Is it possible to affront the question of identity along its mere signs, or can one expand it to a level of uses ? Can identity be a project’s goal ? Or is it a mere epiphenomenon ? Is it constructed / explicit or immanent ? Is it possible for an individual to think his/her identity with respect to him/herself ? Are we dealing with unique identity (the quest for oneself) or with multiple identities (relationships with variable contexts) ? Can a free individual have an identity ?

Is there such a thing as an « apparent » identity (mask) and another, « essential » one (ethical stance) ? Or are identities mere variable perceptions, dependant on context and on focus (individual / community / internal / external) ?

Identity not only concerns the individual, but equally communities. How does one distinguish between individual and communal, private and public, ordinary and monumental ? How can one distinguish between different identity scales ?

Holger Schurk, Prof., architecte, Zürcher Hochschule Winterthur
Andri Gerber Dr. Prof., architecte, Professeur Associé Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris
François Ruegg, Prof., anthropologue, UNI Fribourg 
Michael Jakob Dr ès lettres Prof., littéraire, EI Lullier
Kaj Noschis, Prof., psychanaliste, EPF Lausanne
Kari Jormakka, Prof., architecte, Technische Universität Wien
Julia Dwyer Prof., architecte, School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton
Lucienne Peiry, directrice de la Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Philippe Lefebvre O.P., Prof., théologien, UNI Fribourg

Florinel Radu Dr. Prof.,architecte, EIA Fribourg
Pieter Versteegh Prof., architecte, EIA Fribourg