Architecture as collective praxis: contribution, transcalarity and plural temporalities.


Architecture is never made alone, its praxis always implies a collective endeavor threading a multiplicity of  knowledges, skills, actors or scales, as well as the assemblage of a diversity of material agencies and interacting temporalities. In this line of research, we explore architecture as a means of communicating and composing a common ground threading this collective and plural nature. We do this by looking at the way architectural languages, tools, and practices manage to grasp and operate with this diverse nature, but also how they are simultaneously defined and shaped by it.


We pay special attention to new forms of situated, embodied and contributive approaches to participatory and adaptive design. Therein, we study the effects of working with the modularity of planning processes to harmonize different temporalities, needs and interests within any given community to produce integral and short- and long-term strategies of transformation. We also stress the necessity of moving from traditional models of participation into a paradigm of contribution to induce forms of pro-active, chosen and interested engagement of stakeholders. Finally, we investigate the importance of embodied experience in the production of collective spatial imaginaries, and develop tools to encourage these forms of involvement.


Related areas of research: 

–    Processes of collective authorship.

–    Making as thinking.

–    Bottom up processes of spatial planning.

–    Contributive economies.

–    Transcalarity and plural temporalities.

–    Social imaginaries and spatial figurations.

–    Design-driven research.

–    Adaptive design strategies.

–    New architectural agencies.

–    Situated practices and embodied knowledge.

–    Institutional imagination.