“Civil world is the free play of forms-of-life; it is the principle of their coexistence” Tiqqun, Introduction to civil world

Intense migration flows witnessed recently in big cities has been challenging the traditional understanding of the political organization of human living in the urban realm. The unprecedented clash of different forms-of-life due to these changing conditions has established not only a new relationship between inhabitation and the city, but also a redefinition of the key agents in political terms. Latest social unrest in Islamic countries has shown us that contemporary society concerns are not discussed in the traditional parliaments or councils anymore, but in the public spaces of the city itself.

Following this principle, Inter Unit 8Politics of fabrication II understands that the coexistence of diverse and conflicting forms-of-life in the contemporary city needs to be readdressed and reframed in the urban ground itself. This implies a new spatial and physical layout of enabling the presence and frictional interaction/negotiation of these forms-of-life of those who share the city. The location chosen is the city of Miami, the major entry point for Latin American immigrants in the United States. In particular, the focus of students work has been the Little Havana neighborhood, for years the epicentre of the political expression of the dominant Cuban immigrants and the most multicultural neighborhoods in the city at the present. In this area a pervading logic of city space privatization has lead to an increasing tension between individuals and groups with different cultural, social, ethnic and economical backgrounds inhabiting the neighborhood. Exploring this particular matter, students have thought about the importance of public space as the necessary space of encounter, interaction and negotiation between these different ways of living now present in the city, and recovering its political value in a contemporary Latin-American metropolis.


Cultural Fridays

Carnival Miami

Little Havana's Free Monthly Arts & Culture Festival



"SMALL SCALE, BIG CHANGE: New Architectures of Social Engagement".
MoMA. NYC. 10 / 3, 2010– 1 / 3, 2011


Nostalgia - Escape from Havana Documentary

Escape from Havana, An American Story

Between 1960 and 1962, more than 14,000 Cuban children were secretly flown to the United States to escape Fidel Castro. Parents said goodbye to their children not knowing if they would ever see them again. The airlift over the Florida Straits became known as Operation Peter Pan. In Spanish, OperaciĆ³n Pedro Pan.


Cuban Migration to Miami



End of the First Term Pin-up

Next Friday 17th December in 32 Ground Floor Front Bookshop from 10am – 6pm there will be the last Pin-up of the first Term. Please start to Pin-up drawings at 9.30 to begin at 10am sharp.
Special thanks to Yota Adilenidou


Unit Trip Miami Diary

Saturday 4th Dec.

Art Basel Miami 1111 Lincoln Avenue_Herzog and De Meuron

Sunday 5th Dec.

Design Miami
Monday 6th Dec.

Sites_Versailles Restaurant Calle Ocho

Thursday 9th Dec.

Jury_Florida International University FIU Architecture_ Bernard Tschumi
Thanks to Claudia Busch, Nicolas Quintana, David Rifkin and Juan Antonio Bueno


1st Meeting TS tutors

On Thursday 16th of December at 2pm all 3rd years will present their proposals to TS tutors in Intermediate bookable space at 36 Bedford Square rear room.

End of the First Term Tutorials

Next Tuesday 13th of December tutorials in Inter Unit 8 space as follows,

10.30 Francesca
11.00 Eliska
11.30 Adora
12.00 Yiming

2.00 Elora
2.30 Joshua
3.00 Fatemeh
3.30 Anthony

4.30 Yonatan
5.00 Lara
5.30 Dimitri
6.00 Vidhya

Please be on time for each tutorial and bring your unit trip photos with you to create an archive.