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Architechtures of Desire
Oct 1, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules.” ~ Lebbeus Woods
Let us consider the term “utopian architecture” for a moment. Does it sound like an oxymoron? Must it? How might we change the rules of architecture without throwing away its productive aspects? Like goldfish, we grow to fit our containers. Can we imagine an architecture that increases liberty, propagates communalism, stokes mutual aid, and embraces interdependence?
What would such an architecture – a desiring architecture – look like, and what might it want from us?
Is it modular?
Is it anarchic?
Commune, or Common?
Picking up on the work of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods, architectures of desire will explore expanded conditions of a built environment beyond those intended by an ideologically-driven definition of urbanism pegged to for-profit development, imposed alienation, isolation, and other tropes of the capitalist regime. To imagine such an architecture is to expose the ideology inherent in the way we currently build the buildings in which we live our lives.
In doing so, we will construct a reader and reflect on writings by Rosalyn Deutsche, Lebbeus Woods, Jennifer Bloomer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Paolo Salieri, Daniel Campo, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Marc Augé, Isabelle Auricoste, Jean Baudrillard, Henri Lefebvre, Deleuze and Guattari, Richard Serra, among others.
Drop me a line at email@example.com if you’d like to propse a reading or discussion topic.