Author: Yky

Tipping points

A tipping point refers to a small change making a huge difference in the way our society is organized, causing a major shift to our daily lives. Mostly used to address environmental related issues, tipping points should be seen as having the potential of critical social changes as well, impacting governance, solidarity, or sense of […]

Shibuya’s dark face

Are we in control of our urban space when confronting the consequences of capitalism on social interactions? Can we turn spatial inequalities into a common future and decrease vulnerabilities? Thinking that the built environment has no impact on our sociability is more than questionable. The spatial design of neo-liberal economies leads to narratives influencing negotiation […]

Against the end, towards the end

Towards the end or against the end? Facing the fate of exclusion, where are the grounds for utopia, inverting social power and privilege to favor commonalities? Wicked issues reflect our difficulties to recognize urban planning as a process acknowledging the relevance of transitional uses, challenging both space and time scales, retrofitting conventional narratives, adapting derelict […]

Who lies?

Public spaces either relieve or exacerbate vulnerabilities. We are bound together in a community of shared obligations. But our urban space perception and capacity to interact are threatened, challenging our sense of care.  Care is complex. It needs to be released of its constraints, of social relations organized around dependence and fragility. Care is more than […]

Hanging by a thread

Confronting the certainty of uncertain times, urban spaces constantly change, challenging conventional paradigms, leading to re-assess our relations with our environment. Facing an ever-growing social complexity, empirical evidence shows that vulnerabilities are framed within a political system promoting adaptation to disasters generated by the system itself, and by doing so, distorting the value of urban […]

Lotura XXXII

In the below work, Lotura XXXII, recalling the steel industry that built Bilbao’s greatness, stands as an iconic symbol sounding as a First Nations totem pole. Framed by disbalanced infrastructures, in-between past, and future, it questions how cultural heritage contributes to urban resilience. At D0, Bilbao past and new infrastructures, concrete and titanium sheets, are linked […]

From Vancouver to Bilbao, lost in urban resilience

The concept of urban resilience is a source of engagement, creativity, and inspiration for everyone committed to improve our daily urban lives. But when concepts are not contextualized, and especially when “resilient programs” are brought to the forefront by local decision makers without in-depth analysis, other questions arise, most often linked to trade-offs political acceptability. […]

Roma Aeterna 1, 2 & 3

The three below works have been inspired by photographs taken in the Jewish ghetto of Rome, IT. They challenge the myth of “The Eternal City”, questioning the continuity suggested by a metaphor ignoring socio-cultural disruptions. Echoing my own technique with argentic paper darkening in time, as an allegory of ephemerality, the pictures show how ruins […]

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