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Lxs Hijxs Bastardxs del Modulor
Case study: Clichy-sous-Bois, Paris
Other case studies:
Tensta, Stockholm

Research project
by Arquitectura Subalterna
Discussion and production team: Victor Cano Ciborro, José Javier Cullen, José de Andrés, Ana Sabugo

Exhibited by ‘BECOMING’ Spanish Pavilion. Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Exhibited by XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de Chile 2017
diálogos impostergables

Exhibited by Balkan Architecture Biennale 2018. Belgrade, Serbia
‘outside’ exhibition

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“The disappearance of Architecture as an object in the pursuit of creating a landscape of spatial events” will allow us to exceed the current idea of periphery in favour of the notion of ‘Subaltern zone’, a concept referred to a time-space identity which produces constructions not depending on, not either denying, the centre.

The ‘Subaltern zone’ is not defined by its border condition, but rather its subversive action against the dominant rules. The ‘Subaltern zone’ could be found everywhere in cities, from outstanding situations in the heart of the city to strictly speaking outer conditions. This concept includes peripheries, suburban outskirts, ghettos, third landscapes, nonplaces and fictions.

If the ‘Subaltern zone’ is not determined by its spatial condition, we could approach it from the bodies practising it, following the Claude Levi-Strauss quote about cities as ‘the human invention par excellence’.

The spatial actions emphasized are not determined by the imposed program or the design space but for necessities or oddness of their inhabitants, who we would call ‘Subaltern’. In the ‘Subaltern zone’ relationship of the bodies in space will be put ahead of the object arrangement. It means a methodological turn around related to the usual ways to project in architecture. ‘We don’t want architecture to exclude everything that is disquieting’.

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