For as long as architecture has been reduced to a service to society or an “industry” whose ultimate goal is only to build, there have been others who imagine it instead as a field of
intellectual research: energetic, critical, and radical.
But how can we produce or maintain this position?
In the history of architecture, especially since the 1960s, it is possible to identify a range of experiences that took this position and pushed beyond traditional architectural practice,
the established domains of academia, and the usual dinamics of editorial and institutional activities. This proliferation of experiments represents the work of architects who ventured
to creatively and thoroughly rethink the profession. Moved by a desire to contribute more substantially to the construction of a cultural agenda, the critically analyzed their roles and
challenged the precepts and ultimate goals of the discipline.
The result is an ample array of possibilities. Observing and analyzing these experiences can supply us with an operating manual for critically engaging with the urgent issues of our time, an unusual and hopefully compelling collection that contains many methods, tools and ideas for new ways of defining architecture. Together, these experiments point beyond what architecture is toward what architecture could be –or what it already is, if we would recognize it.
Here architecture is no longer understood as a practice that inevitably brings about the construction of an artifact, but as a way of thinking and observing the present; of identifying and
asking questions while marking a new territory in which to act; of looking for or inventing suitable tools; and, finally, of responding generously and concisely.
These investigative models represent a new approach to architecture, relying equally on their proposed themes and on their sets of operating strategies, working methods, organizational structures, and financial models. These efforts left marks in letters, books, drawings, photographs, budgets, tactics for accessing resources, videos, mission statements, meeting minutes, T-shirts, boats, and buses.
The Other Architect, like the case studies it examines, is a research project, concerned in its own way with contributing a new reflection on the role of the architect and inspiring and proposing unexpected ways of practising architecture today. It is a way of responding to the question of how we can position architecture as an original site for the production of ideas.
Giovanna Borasi, Curator
Exhibition #16 The Other Architect
24/09/2016 - 26/11/2016
The exhibition is organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.
Curator: Giovanna Borasi
Curatorial coordination: Rebecca Taylor, Emilie Retailleau
Curatorial team: Gregory Barton, Lev Bratishenko, Alice Haddad, Rebecca Taylor
Research: Gregory Barton, Lev Bratishenko, Alice Haddad, Josephine Minhinnett, with Kayoko Ota and Jin Motohashi (Architectural Detective Agency), Maggie Tsang (Design-A-Thon), Florencia Alvarez (Pidgeon Audio Visual), Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou (Delos Symposion)
Adaptation for display at Monoambiente
Director and Chief Curator: Martín Huberman
Producers: Lucía Seijo and Inés Molinari
Curators for local groups selection: Martín Huberman and Florencia Rodríguez
Design of the exhibition: FRAM Arquitectos (Franco Riccheri and Agustín Mendiondo).
This exhibition “The Other Architect” is organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada and Galería Monoambiente, Buenos Aires, Argentina, through its Collaboratory program.
Exhibition #16 is the third exhibition of Monoambiente’s programming 2016, entitled: Collaboratory. Collaboratory is a year-round program that focuses on the joint work between Monoambiente and three international institutions: Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, USA), LIGA Espacio para Arquitectura DF, (Mexico DF, Mexico), and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, (Montréal, Canada) with the objective of generating new networks, views and theories about contemporary and experimental architecture from North to South America.
Monoambiente has been granted the support of Mecenazgo Buenos Aires & Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for the execution of Collaboratory. The annual project has been declared of cultural interest by the City of Buenos Aires.
Photographies by Manuel Ciarlotti Bidinost
Director and chief curator: Arq. Martín Huberman
Producer 2015: Lucía Seijo
Producer 2016: Arq. Inés Molinari
Sponsors and collaborators: El Espartano, Normal™, Monte, TrendHouse, Barbieri
Acknowledgements: Arturo Peruzzotti and SlyZmud
Institutional support: Canadian Embassy in Argentina
E-flyers and booklets: Twentyfive™