Theory as operational ‘praxis’.
We consider the architectural as a form of praxis resting on our power to situate ourselves in the world by engaging and producing forms of spatiality. This means attending not only to the built environment, but to a broader spatial enactment of materiality and all those unheard, silent and minor realities threading the everyday of our living environment. While engaging in the transdisciplinary practices and emerging forms of agency demanded by this holistic vision of space, we deeply care for the richness and singularity of our own disciplinary knowledge.
At ALICE Research we work to keep this singularity at the center of our activities by developing specific research methodologies and tools able to bridge the historical, the theoretical and the practical to foster new forms of transdisciplinar and transcalar critical practices deeply committed to the transformation of our societies and living environments. Accordingly, we base our work on socioecological and transdisciplinary readings that understand practice as an essential source of knowledge, history as an operative ground capable of activating the plural temporalities of our present, and theory as a truly creative endeavor where new concepts and rationales have the ability to actually reconfigure our current relation to the material world. Therefore, we aim at bringing forward operational frameworks attentive to the emerging and supportive qualities of space itself, focusing on the collective and political dimension of architecture, and with a determined concern for its situated and embodied character.
Our current research is organized around the fields of interest as listed below. Due to their idiosyncratic nature, our own research methodologies and ALICE’s multilayered structure, they share common strategies and questionings, thus allowing for multiple crossings and internal feedbacks.
— The environment as support.
— Proto- research-line: processes of spatial inscription and emergences.
— Architectural imaginaries: drawing, image, narrative, figuration.
— Law and economy as architectural tools in the production of new urban commons.
— Architecture as collective practice: contribution, transcalarity and plural temporalities.