“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.


Tutorials Change and Growth

Next week we will have tutorials on Thursday 3rd of March as follows,

17.30 Francesca
18.00 Fatemeh
18.30 Vidhya
19.00 Yonatan
19.30 Lara

and on Friday after TS Interim Jury

3.00 Elora
3.30 Anthony
5.30 Adora
6.00 Eliska
6.30 Dimitri
7.00 Yiming

Change and Growth

The degree of flexibility of the schematic proposal to change over time and its
capacity of growth or decrease through different scales will betested in your designs. Different scenarios for your design will be part of the work to do this week. Diagrams with different layouts, movements, rotations, translations,etc.


Interaction - Fabrication Tutorials 2

Next Friday 25th of Febrary you will review with us your two pages and model 1/20. These two pages are the construction process drawings and interaction Axonometric drawing.(Please check previous entries in this blog)
10.30 Anthony
11.00 Joshua
11.30 Elora
12.00 Vidhya

14.00 Lara
14.30 Adora
15.00 Francesca
15.30 Yonatan
16.00 Dimitri
16.30 Fatemeh
17.00 Eliska
17.30 Yiming


Fabrication Interaction Tutorials

Next Wednesday 23th of Febrary we will rview your work. this week is the last oportunity to finish the construction process drawings, construction drawings and 1/20 models.In addition you can start your interaction Axonometric drawing.
10.30 Eliska
11.00 Adora
11.30 Yonatan
12.00 Yiming
12.30 Francesca

14.00 Dimitri
14.30 Anthony
15.00 Elora
15.30 Fatemeh
16.00 Joshua
16.30 Lara
17.00 Vidhya

Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour, who wrote one of the text that we are using in the unit, will be lecturing in the AA on Tuesday 22nd of Februaryat 6pm. Pleasebe there on time to have a seat.

Bruno Latour: From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik – or How to Make Things Public



We will explore the ability of designs to work as interfaces that can draw upon individual
participation. This is a recurrent interest in contemporary society. Students will explore
this dimension in their designs through performative diagrams.

Suggested Readings
Lucy Bullivant(ed.), 4dsocial: Interactive Design Environments, AD Magazine, Academy
Press, 2007.
Rudolf FRIELING, Art of participation: 1950 to now, London, Thames and Hudson, 2008
Rafael Lozano, Body Movies, Rotterdam, 2001.
Ecosistema Urbano, Boulevard de Vallecas,2006Beatriz Colomina Lecture

Max Hacke Gary Dupont


Fabrication 1 & 2 Pin-up

Next Saturday 19th February we will have a Pin-up of the work done from January till today (Scales of Association, Programs, Fabrication 1-2) in North Jury Room. Please bring all your drawings and models.

Open Jury Day

18th February

Space and Politics
Rear Gorund Prees. Room

Diploma Unit 10
Direct Urbanism: Engagement
or Control? (London, Crossrail)
Unit Staff: Carlos Villanueva Brandt

Intermediate Unit 8
Politics of Fabrication II
(Little Havana, Miami)
Unit Staff: Francisco Gonzales de Canales,
Nuria Alvares Lombardero

Diploma Unit 4
Polity and Space: The Coast of Europe
Unit Staff: John Palmesino, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Intermediate Unit 7
Eastern Promises: Shopping Transfers (Moscow)
Unit Staff: Maria Fedorchenko,
Tatiana von Preussen

Diploma Unit 14
Volker Bradke: Architecture Between the
Generic and Common (Rome)
Unit Staff: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Barbara Campbell-
Lange, Fenella Collingridge

Summary Discussion


Fabrication 2 Tutorials

Please send us your argumet (200 words), an image and the title of your work on Monday. The tutorials are,

Monday 14th February
10.30 Eliska
11.00 Elora
11.30 Francesca
12.00 Dimitri
12.30 Joshua
14.00 Vidhya
14.30 Lara
15.00 Yiming

Wednesday 16th February
2.00 Fatemeh
2.30 Adora
3.00 Anthony
3.30 Yonatan

Please bring your construction process drawings, constrcution drawings and 1/20 models.

Process of construction drawings

Shigeru Ban


Fabrication 2

This week you should construct a detailed model 1/20 of your activators designs accompanied with drawings at 1/20. In addition, you should develop a manual explaining the construction process.


Fabrication 1 Tutorials

Friday 10th February
Please bring yoour work and 250 words argument.
10.30 Eliska
11.00 Adora
11.30 Yiming
12.00 Fatemeh
12.30 Elora
2.00 Francesca
2.30 Dimitri
3.00 Anthony
3.30 Yonatan
4.00 Joshua
4.30 Lara
5.00 Vidhya


Fabrication 1 Introduction and tutorials

Next Monday 7th February we will have an introduction of a new stage in your designs at 10am in our unit space. Tutorials will come after from 11am to 7pm.


Fabrication 1 Associative Construction Processes

Students should define the construction system, materiality, agents involved in the
construction of their activators. Sketches, technical drawings and models 1/20 will be the first production to explain it.

Suggested Readings
Branko Koralevic & Kevin Klinger, Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and
Making in Architecture, Routelidge, 2008.
Blundell Jones, Peter, Architecture and participation. London: Routledge, 2005
Markus Miessen and Shumon Basar (eds), Did Someone Say Participate? An Atlas of Spatial
Practice, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Shigeru Ban, Voluntary Architectc´ Network,INAX, 2010.


The next two weeks we will explore specific material dimension of your designs. This
material exploration will rely largely upon physical models, although 2D and 3D construction drawings will also be required and completed during the next term.


Pin-up Scales of Association + Program

Next Friday 4th of February you will present in a pin-up your work till date. It will be held in 32 Ground Back from 10.30 to 6pm.
250 words with your argument
Schedule/Grid with material culture
Program Axonometric
Scales of Association Axonometric