Category: Hanging by a thread (triptychs)

Is there an aesthetic sense of urban resilience? Could emotions contribute to a better understanding of social vulnerabilities? Will our sensibility fill the void and pave the way to the sense of care and alterity?
In his essay “Terrain Vague”, urbanist Manuel de Solà-Morales discussed how photography embraces the problematic of contemporary social life. Building on the relation between the uncertainty of use and the sense of freedom, urban “terrains vagues” (an idiomatic expression hardly translatable) are constantly changing, depending on their environment, finding their potential in the new experiences and unpredictability they provide.
Echoing the junction between identified and unidentified realms, “Hanging by a thread” displays a three steps scenario showing the initial picture continuously darkening in time. The three photographs are linked one to the other with a hemp thread bringing at the same time consistency and fragility. Each of them is printed on argentic paper grade Ilford MGRC Deluxe Pearl, 21 x 29,7 cm/ 8,25 × 11,75 in

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The sky was the limit.

The emotional load linked for ever to September 11th is such that we overlook the threats of our built environment as if we were obsessed by a high-rise tower urbanism. Most answers to address this risk are biased by current neo-capitalistic paradigms encouraging building as high as possible with no perception of our vulnerability drivers. […]

Non-sense of place.

“The demolishing is a decision of easiness and short term. It is a waste of many things – a waste of energy, a waste of material, and a waste of history. Moreover, it has a very negative social impact. For us, it is an act of violence.” The statement of Anne Lacaton, co-winner of the […]

Fueled tipping points, a story.

Scientists propose quantitative planetary boundaries enabling humanity to grow for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries may lead to tipping points and major shifts threatening our future. In the same way, socializing in mobility spaces is linked to qualitative boundaries which are critical when shaping territories allowing individuals to interact with one another. Crossing or […]

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 […]