#XFORMAS to do architecture
#XFORMAS of Doing Architecture (#XFORMAS de Hacer Arquitectura) seems to be as diverse and flexible as the project it is written about, a project designed according to self-imposed rules based on personal questions from its creators, Nicolás Valencia, Fabiola González , and Yair Estay.
They consciously link their biographical interests to those of their generation, namely: the discrediting of the so-called “Starchitect” figure; the emergence of the American continent with a new idea of situated practice; the lack of reference to architects who do not design buildings; and the sense that architecture as a curriculum defines destiny more by who the student is as a person than by the pathways the curriculum itself allows, causing a clash between study and practice. These interests, influenced by the social/cultural changes of the beginning of this century, the political crises and the decline of the world economy, have led to critical reflections on the profession. The two parts of this publication, divided into two separate but complementary books, describe the multiple possibilities of #XFORMAS, its derivatives, and the questions facing the discipline.
Volume I contains three conversations on the main themes that emerged while planning the sessions: academia, market and practice. In a mashup of six #XFORMAS sessions, twenty-four participants from three different countries talk about their ways of doing architecture – different ways, but which all coincide in their search for
explore the professional field from many different angles, unlike the rigid structure and limited possibilities offered by university degree courses in architecture.
The volume ends with a conversation between the three creators of the project that delves into its beginnings and the process developed to date.
Volume II features five essays by the project team and two guests around the themes that emerged during the #XFORMAS sessions. Valencia reports on the origins of the session format and its relationship to performance, theater and television while weaving in a critique of traditional architectural events.
González addresses the issue of gender parity, one of the rules of formulation of the #XFORMAS sessions, to reflect on the instances that have contributed to do the work
visible women in architecture and those who have perpetuated their invisibility. Estay focuses on the professional field of young architects and how the development of the curriculum in universities before their professional career
favors their precarious professional situations.
From outside the hard core of the project, Ethel Baraona tells us of a manifesto published in 1969 by a group of students from several American universities to establish a series of relationships between civil movements, university mutations
education, and new ways of relating that still resonate today and challenge the role of architecture as a profession. In the same order of ideas, but from a more theoretical point of view, Fernando Portal imagines the possibility of realizing other ways of doing architecture by going beyond modern ideology, in search of subordinate and humble forms , outside the corridors of power, which avoid a hegemonic vision. — new forms that cease to drive out novelty.
In #XFORMAS to do architecturethe form encompasses what is done and how, generating a project that pays attention to the transformations and deformations of an ever-changing discipline, in which the idea of a toolbox or set of skills seems to be, for the moment, the most optimistic — and interesting — basis for understanding the profession.
#XFORMAS to make architecture | #XFORMAS by Hacer Arquitectura
Nicolás Valencia, Fabiola González, Yair Estay
Editorial by Dostercios
English and Spanish
#XFORMAS by Hacer Arquitectura