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La impostergable necesidad de un urbanismo y estética postcolonial

Case study: Clichy-sous-Bois. París
A project by -Arquitectura Subalterna- 
Discussion and production team: Victor Cano Ciborro + José Javier Cullen + José de Andrés + Ana Sabugo

︎ Postcolonial Urbanism video. Arquitectura Subalterna production

︎ (es) Nota de Prensa ‘Becoming’ Pabellón Español Bienal de Venecia (incluye listado participantes)
- Exhibition site: Spanish Pavilion. Giardini della biennale (Venice)
- 24 May - 25 Nov 2018 at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

︎ (es) Anuncio Participantes . PlataformaArquitectura.com
︎ (en) List of Participants announcement. Archdaily.com
︎ (es) Anuncio COAM - Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid

- Exhibition site: Parque Cultural de Valparaíso (Chile)
- 26 Oct - 10 Nov 2017 at XX Chile Architecture Biennial
- Publication: Edited by Metales Pesados. ISBN: 978-956-9843-47-1

        ︎ ABSTRACT
Today, fully immersed as we are in the post-truth era, reality seems to be verified through data and surveys that seek to monitor our decisions and postpone the social and spatial conflict caused by late capitalism. Appealing to notions such as affection, feeling, eroticism or identity has become necessarily rare to allow for contemporary spatial dynamics. However, these emotional rather than rational dimensions are visualised with great intensity in the periphery of cities, particularly where modernist paradigms take the form of great blocks built in avenues far removed from the human scale. 
The children and grandchildren for whom these architectures were conceived now occupy the spaces, but not in the way their parents or grandparents were told; in the catechism of the Athens Charter or Modulor’s dogmatism. Rather, it is from a point of “profanation”, or, in the words of the Italian philosopher Gigorio Agamben, “restoring the space to the free use of men”.

These contemporary inhabitants, presented as “Modulor’s Bastard Children” – a complex and fascinating cosmos of subaltern groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees or women) who refuse to be accomplices to an environment constructed from imposition, regulation, and dogma – rebel against a deeply ideological space designed for the honourable behaviour of a white super-man, 1.83 metres tall with an athletic figure: Le Corbusier’s Modulor.  
In this context, inhabiting the modern periphery becomes a powerful act of resistance, where feelings, aesthetics, and identities seek to reaffirm and strengthen forgotten bonds in modern constructions.

The periphery is now a confrontation between the emotional dimension of the space where the body fights to be recognised, and the rational one where, in the words of Lefebvre, the self-destruction of desire reigns supreme.

        ︎ b-e-c-o-m-i-n-g.com

With the aim of gathering the contents of the Spanish pavilion in the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, becoming invites students and researchers to participate with actions, speeches or works included under the conceptual framework of the manifesto, which have been developed in learning environments of architecture.Becoming is the name given to the exhibition proposal for 2018. Located among learning environments of Architecture and continuing with the appropriate and temporary character of the previous Spanish pavilion Unfinished, becoming makes an allusion to a vector of the future, with a common educational background in the “EscuelaS”, which extends to other learning experiences in space and time, in dialogue with other disciplines. Considering teaching practice as fully-fledged architectural practice, becoming shows Spanish architecture via the works of a superb set of home-grown architects – where women are currently more in number than men -, architecture which demands rethinking the conditions of learning environments in connection with the new emergencies of the present, abandoning predefined order schemes.

        ︎ Official Website www.impostergable.cl

La XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo es una iniciativa del Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile realizada en colaboración con la Asociación de Oficinas de Arquitectos y la Red de Escuelas de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de Chile.
Pensar en lo que consideramos impostergable desde la arquitectura y el urbanismo nos presenta la necesidad urgente de trabajar con aquellos que residiendo al margen, no han visto reflejadas sus necesidades y aspiraciones en lo urbano. Es fundamental generar una instancia de diálogo en el que participen las diferentes fuerzas que dan forma a nuestras ciudades, establecer un nexo con los demás países del sur global e incluir en la discusión a aquellos que han sido históricamente postergados.
La invitación es por tanto a una bienal no sólo conmemorativa, sino propositiva y volcada a la acción, en términos de proyectos e investigación, que no sólo se limite a exponer lo existente, sino que sea detonante de nuevos desafíos. Se busca una bienal no encerrada en su claustro disciplinar, sino abierta a la ciudadanía, con sus nuevas formas de dialogar e interactuar, y que su proceso no termine con su día de cierre, sino que trascienda a través de propuestas, proyectos y acciones que surjan de ella.

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