MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS

MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS was an installation and a conversations-marathon project motivated by the ambition and need to elaborate our positions towards the making and building public–commons, primarily through an act of appearance and conversation much required in our cultural context. The project relied mainly on direct dialogue and embodied engagement. It proposed dialogue and conversations around topics of—but not limited to, how and what constitutes the public and the commons, and: institutions, commoning, landscapes, justice, measures, cooperation, water, ecologies, language, and appearance. Guests included Marina Otero Verzier, Pelin Tan, Elise Hunchuck, Bryan Lee Jr., AD-WO (Emanuel Admassu, Jen Wood), COOPIA ( Marielsa Castro, Felipe Guerra, Alejandra Sarria), Janette Kim, Linda Schilling Cuellar, Amira Hanafi and Fernando Portal.

The exhibition and installation part of this multi-faceted project created the space for local and international participants to dialogue around issues that pertain to us all as practitioners of the built environment. The extra-large scale of the photograph for the exhibition, displayed in the Architecture Quad, was a collaboration with Karla Padilla (TAMU M.Arch. ’22) and Lupita Chao student and a local member of the bi-national cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

Full project, guests’ info and video recordings at http://www.mtp-c.info

ROUNDTABLE SERIES

The Roundtable Discussion Series began as a complement to the first CIUDADLAB course offered at ArqPoli in 2005. The conversations were conducted with the idea of bringing to the school multi-disciplinary issues pertinent to our discipline. The invited panelists came from a wide spectrum and fields, provoking more than mere conversations, but vivid debates that nurtured the students’ concerns and understanding of the career’s scope. 

– Suburban City: Mutation and Variation of the Dispersed Model
– Method, Concept, Matter: the Re-education of Architecture
– Leisure and Business: the New Geographies of Public Space
– The Neoliberal Landscape: the Territory Economics
– Body and Domesticity: the New Culture of Makeover
– Radical Inertia: Professionalism, Guild and Academy
– The State of Architecture Today (with Kenneth Frampton)

Director, Moderator, School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 2005-2010.

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