The key, [Alejandro] Aravena argues, is that cities, and architects, must not shy away from the stresses created by competing forces like poverty and wealth or public and private construction. Rather than argue about whether to design cities for the needs of their poorest citizens or the egos of their wealthiest, Aravena posits, the answer might be to do both.
The role of the architect as somebody who can actually conceive of alternative scenarios is critical. If we can re-imagine it as something beyond an infrastructural monoculture, we might have a very different and better outcome than what you have right now.
quoted in “Can South America China-ify its Economy Without Destroying The Amazon?”, written by Greg Lindsay for Fast-Coexist.
Making exhibitions is necessary, not only for the presentation of artworks but also as a very particular mode of rendering intellectual thinking in a creative, visual, and experiential way.
Video: Improving Reality 2013 | Keller Easterling
A lecture in the framework of The Lighthouse Arts 2013 Event.
In this lecture Keller Easterling poses the following question ‘Are cities only made by constructing buildings?’ exploring the becoming-infrastructural technology of space. She noted radical changes to the globalizing world in the language of ‘matrix space’, including massive global infrastructure systems, administered by mixtures of public and private cohorts and driven by profound irrationalities…
Source: Lighthouse Arts
Curating architecture is a way of framing cultural issues that can be discussed through the built environment. Under these terms, a good exhibition could be critical or supportive, provocative or banal in getting its message through.
Dan Handel —> Quaderns
in Aircraft Carrier. Interview with Dan Handel || Quaderns
A guest post by Javier Arbona, written to accompany the opening of Very Large Organizations, an exhibition by Jordan Geiger, at Studio-X NYC.
Outside of the purity of cultural scripts that we might regard to be politically authentic are rapidly mutating political scripts that may be the…
WHAT IS WASTE WORTH? Erdem Üngür, IÅÄ±k Gülkaynak The discovery that the consumed object does not actually complete its life, but can be reused, enabled the emergence of the recycling/recovery…
Spatially, I think we are witnessing this notion of territory more and more because it is becoming increasingly difficult to define the spatial boundaries of the contemporary metropolis, largely due to globalized networks of logistics that move people, matter and economics in complex ways that are continually being renegotiated. I think what makes infrastructure critical is that it has to navigate these scales and is therefore the primary spatial device of fabricating territory. (…) It is no surprise that as the spatial territory of the ‘city’ expands, this also implicates the disciplinary territory within architecture, which now often includes urbanism, landscape, and infrastructural design.
The interview will be published this week or next week on my blog ULGC.