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Temporary ad-hoc dissident architecture in the state of exception. (2016)

ARTICLE: (Article)

Title: Dissident temporary ad hoc architecture in the state of exception.

  • Author(s): Ana Gabriela Medina Gavilanes.
  • Journal (magazine): Hypothesis. 
  • Pages: 05-11.
  • ISSN: 2340-5147.
  • Summary: Protest squares, protest streets, protest camps, protest parks. Whether public or private, the spaces are not designed to carry out protests, protests are taken into space, and inherently, they become acts of dissent. In 2011, the global revolutions (Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, Indignados) took public spaces as their own, spaces where camps and/or urban artifacts were quickly built; protesters used everyday objects and in doing so formed objects of social and spatial disobedience. This on-site architecture symbolized and empowered Protestants with a profound impact on cities, in this case, on public spaces. At times, new structures emerged in the urban landscape and organized rapidly, the on-site architecture allowed for the making of politics using radical and pragmatic techniques. Under these particular and exceptional circumstances, design is exercised in a unique and personalized way – imaginative architecture does not remain as a conceptual manual, quite the contrary, it can be carried out by all, temporarily – and takes place in the biggest stage: the city. The scenarios for this article will be The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and Gezi Park/Taksim Square in Istanbul.
  • Keywords: Architectura ad hoc, temporary, protest, state of emergency, objects, dissident.
  • Abstract: Protests squares, protests streets, protests camps, protests parks. Whether publicly or privately owned, spaces cannot be designed for protest, they are taken for protesting. It is inherently, a dissent act. In 2011, the global revolutions (Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, Indignados…) demanded public spaces as their own, where camps and/or artefacts were built quickly; protesters used everyday objects and by doing so, they conformed objects of disobedience. This built-in- situ architecture symbolised and empowered protests to have a deep impact in cities, especially, in their public spaces. In just moments, these new structures emerged in the urban landscape and were rapidly organised by protesters. The in-situ architecture allowed people on making politics in a radical and pragmatic technique. How design works in this situations is always different –the imaginative architecture does not remain as a conceptual manual, it can be realised in practice by everybody and anybody temporally– taking place on the biggest stage: the city. The scenarios will be the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and Gezi Park/Taksim Square in Istanbul.
  • Keywords: Ad hoc architecture, temporal, protest, estate of exception, objects, dissident.
  • Link: http://www.hipo-tesis.eu/fscommand/hipo4/medina.pdf

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