ignacio g. galán
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Book Chapter "Provisional simultaneity"

Published in Space Caviar ed. SQM: The quantified home (Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2014)

The temporary architecture of the Grande Fratello House is one of the spaces bringing together contemporary societies in different and heterogeneous constituencies through media constructed simultaneities—albeit only provisionally. 

At the same time a physical structure and a continuously broadcast reality, this interior is a system of temporary stabilization of people, of meanings, and of capitals as well. But it is so in a way that is complemented by its capacity to mobilize, to make also meanings, capitals and people more mobile. Here circulation is managed through architecture, and itself manages architecture. Understanding the operations of these circulating interiors might allow finding new strategies for their occupation—including also their appropriation, scrutiny, and contestation.

This research is part of the research project on the architecture of the Italian film studios Cinecittà, known as the country's factory of images. It was inlucided in the publication of the Biennale Interieur 2014 in Kortrijk (Belgium), curated by Joseph Grima.

SQM: The quantified home (Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2014)

Editors: Space Caviar / Design: Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual

Ignacio G. Galán, "Provisional Simultaneity"

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    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office, particularly focusing on architecture's role in the articulation of society. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he was finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas, and is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center.

    The work of the office unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Ignacio g. Galán is the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Award 2015). He previously collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton SOA, and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the Jury. 

    Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and has a PhD in Architecture History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome. He is Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign.

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    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural cultural transfers, material exchanges, and population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation to architecture, conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability, remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, collective operations, and diverse types of mobilization, particularly concerning the architectures of residence. 

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.