In our third session of Permanent Ordinary Seminar, Nerea Calvillo, Massimiliano Casu and Miguel Mesa del Castillo will be presenting Espacios de/para el encuentro. The Permanent Ordinary Seminar is a public collaborative programme by Bulegoa z/b and Sociología Ordinaria which will run in 2020-2021. It takes the form of different online and face-to-face conversations and encounters.

We will begin by accepting that there’s no neutral or inoffensive way to tackle this issue. And even if there were, we wouldn’t want it.

We will confess our premise. The idea that all spaces are simply a combination of light, volume and surfaces, inside and out, full and empty, leaves us with a bitter-tasting “Is that all? Is that what architecture’s contribution to collective life is reduced to?”

Luckily, the commonplace and ordinary (often unexpectedly) work their way into architectural spaces. Buildings, interior design and urbanism often acquire political characteristics when they become “entangled” in unforeseen relationships with other things, people, institutions, desires, technologies. Dancing encounters of production, dialogue, struggle, dispute and sometimes creation, that lead to unexpected, surprising programmes, workings and achievements.

Spaces Of/For Encountering is an attempt to consider architecture in times of technological distance and mediation, demanding that architecture be attentive to the commonplace in order to play its part in the future construction of a “good common world.”

To join the online/face-to-face session, please contact bulegoa@bulegoa.org

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Nerea Calvillo is an architect and researcher, Associate Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick). Founder of C+ arquitectas and the environmental visualizations project In the Air, their work has been presented, exhibited and published at international venues. Her research investigates the material, technological, political and social dimensions of environmental pollution working at the intersection between architecture, science and technology and feminist studies, new materialisms and urban political ecologies. She is currently working on her manuscript Aeropolis, on air pollution, toxic politics, pollen and queer urban political ecologies.

Massimiliano Casu investigates and experiments, searching for other ways in which to socially produce urban space, making use of art and culture, particularly music and sound, as fundamental tools. He works as an artist, curator, cultural manager, research and education, and has a special interest in collective, community and process-based practices. He is a member of Grupal Crew Collective.

Miguel Mesa del Castillo is a doctor, architect, researcher and professor of Architectural Projects at the Universidad de Alicante. His work focuses on transversal relations between nature, politics, design, society and technology. miguel.mesa@ua.es