ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]

 

Medellin Velodrome

First Prize in International competition for the construction of a Velodrome in Medellín. With Fake Industries, Estudio Mazzanti, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Bryce Suite

Medellín (Colombia) / 2012 (on hold)

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The Medellin Velodrome synthesizes two seemingly incompatible spatial conditions: an insular, formally specific sports infrastructure; and a permeable, open public space.  It transforms the typology of the sport facility in order to integrate it into the existing Park of the Wheels precinct, distributing the technical and economic investment along it. A modular roof structure, independent from the geometry of the track, dissolves the perimeter of the building, creating spaces that trigger relationships between the specific activities of the velodrome and the informal, leisurely uses of the park.

Each of the roof's modules creates a variety of environmental conditions and provide technical support to the park. Those covering the velodrome offer the necessary infrastructure for its regular functioning, including ventilation chimneys, acoustic isolation, electric systems, etc. Those in the perimeter of the building and scattered throughout the park offer bicycle clinics, support systems for scenic lighting, generators activated by pedals, and sprinklers for lowering the temperature. This infrastructure augments the occasional use of the velodrome with a diversity of everyday uses, which privilege the civic appropriation of the project, transforming it into a strategic development for the city of Medellín.

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Competition: Ignacio G. Galán, Fake Industries, Estudio Mazzanti, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Bryce Suite.

Design development and construction: Ignacio G. Galán, Fake Industries, Estudio Mazzanti.

Collaborators: BOMA, structural engineers; BAT, textile engineers and more.

3000sqm of extra court space

2nd Prize in International Competition for the restoration and reconfiguration of Beti Jai, a disused pelota venue in the center of Madrid. With SOF-T / TallerDe2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martín Fidalgo)

Madrid (2018)

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 “3000 sqm of extra court space” considers spatial and technological strategies to transform the Beti Jai into an inclusive and accessible urban space, expanding its specialized function as a sports court in order to welcome diverse bodies and the different constituencies of Barrio de Chamberi—an extremely dense area in the center of Madrid. The project opens up the ground floor of the building and connects it to the different balconies through a complex system of ramps, resulting in a considerable expansion of public space. The ramps, rather than hidden, are displayed behind a glass wall that organizes the new pelota court. The 19th century landmark building thus dialogs with a state-of-the-art spatial technologies and construction systems with their corresponding priorities, sensitivities, and aesthetics.

 

 

 

Ignacio G. Galán [igg – office for architecture] + SOF-T / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo).

Collaborators: Jorge Chico Jiménez, Alberto Sánchez Sánchez, Paula Rodriguez Vara and Pablo Saiz Del Río.

Habitactory

Research for a collective housing and production complex. With Neeraj Bhatia [The Open Workshop], Antonio Mora, Charles Hajj, Diego Soto Madriñan, Mikaela Leo, Bella Mang, Cesar López, Clare Hačko, and Aurea Rodriguez.

Hamburg (Germany) / 2017 (competition)

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Habitactory seeks to reconcile different scales of time and changing spatial uses with the goal of creating inclusive, affordable, and productive forms of urbanity that account for a range of users and uses. It particularly considers how spaces of production and living can co-exist and benefit from their proximity without over-determining the terms of their relation.

With this goal, the project capitalizes on two recent trends: Firstly, traditional productive spaces are now complimented with a broad array of new ways to work (from DIY start-ups to co-working spaces) which, grouped together, could benefit from sharing equipment and auxiliary programs. Secondly, domestic arrangements are evolving to include new ways of co-living, embracing a growing range of users. Habitactory enhances the possibilities brought about by these trends by hybridizing the perimeter block (a critical domestic space type) and the big box with saw-tooth roof (a characteristic factory type)—wrapping the latter with the former. A series of circuits strategically located in between, tie these programs together—to benefit from similar needs—while providing separation to ensure distance and isolation. The circuit is programmed with shared amenities, allowing adjacent spaces of working and living to expand and contract to find new productive overlaps.  The roofscape offers a culmination for the circuits as a point of encounter for the different users of the building.

This project understands built structures as evolving entities that need to respond to different timescales of occupation. On a daily and weekly basis, the production areas are time-shared to be used by the residents of the building, for cultural programs, and commercial destination. Housing is equally understood to evolve through changing relations among units. The circuits account for long-term adaptation, absorbing differential needs of production and housing programs. The coexistence of production and residential spaces and their changing occupations requires not only typological hybridation but flexible strategies for real estate development, diverse relations between operators, and different property models. This project offers those through flexible relations between the program units, which offer diverse production and housing options in response to more rapidly changing technologies and transient modes of habitation.

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Multi-family Kin

Multi-family house in the outskirts of Madrid. With TallerDe2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo)

Madrid (Spain)/ 2019- (under construction)

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Multi-family kin explores networks of care across generations beyond the nuclear family within a small residential project in the outskirts of the city. Located at the end of a row of single-family houses, the project combines different housing typologies in each of the three floors. While none of the domestic arrangments accommodated in these typologies neatly responds to the needs of a conventional family, together they facilitate multifamily kin: The main floor is organized as a loft for an aging couple that has increasing mobility difficulties; above it, a compartmentalized sequence of rooms and living spaces aims to alternatively host the couple’s guests and the attendants that will assist them when they are alone; the lower level hosts a one-bedroom apartment that the couple will rent to students in the neighboring university. The three levels establish different degrees of independence while sharing some spaces, including the garden. The project thus counters hegemonic notions of the family as an autonomous and stable social unit, and acknowledges the relations of dependency between the inhabitants and their environments--celebrating their expanded and malleable networks. 

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Ignacio G. Galán [igg – office for architecture] + SOF-T / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo).

Collaborators: Ana Herreros, Pablo Sainz del Río, Jorge Sedano.

My House and Other Animals

Refurbishment of an apartment in Madrid. With SOFT architects / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo)

Madrid (Spain) / 2017 (built)

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

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Everyday dynamics involve a plethora of actors and practices that establish unstable relations with architectural frameworks and consistently challenge the conventional understanding of domesticity and the family as the privileged unit of inhabitation. This house considers these contingent relations and expanded boundaries through a flexible typology retrofitted with a series of devices that acknowledge changing patterns of inhabitation while allowing for the materialization of dynamic attachments and affections within architecture. 

“My house and other animals” results from an intervention in an old apartment. It transforms its spatial and programmatic structure previously defined as a sequence of small rooms and defines a new organization of interconnected spaces along the apartment’s structural bays. A system of interventions mediating the scale of furniture and architecture qualify these bays and facilitate their occupation. They address the needs of a cat, a thirty-something man, his work life and the parties he likes to host. These interventions mediate the attachments structuring ordinary life as well as the expanding forms of sociality involved in this sequence of non-ordinary events hosted in the apartment. They facilitate the required spatial adaptations while allowing for future changes and expected transformations.

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

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Ignacio G. Galán [igg – office for architecture] + SOFT architects / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo).

Collaborators: Pablo Sainz del Río, Laura Peique, Jorge Sedano.

Temporary Rural Engraftments/ VC House

Design of a row house in Cuenca

Valdecolmenas (Spain) / 2013 (under development)

Collaborator: Claudia Mainardi

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This project explores alternative residential distributions and new imaginaries countering the progressive abandonment of the village of Taboadela, in Cuenca. A number of equally equipped rooms are provided for the temporary inhabitation of the house, and its diversity of non-regular domestic occupations (including extended family reunions and rural tourism rentals among others. The common space within them is organized by furniture elememts and by the very geometry of the plan, which results from past negotiations between family members of larger plot. The rooms appeal to an idealized imaginary of rural domestic warmth for urbanites, while the common space mobilizes rural technologies like glasshouse roofs in order to integrate the house within its context through its climatic performance.

Interior Perspective

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Desk informants/Interior intruders

Design objects for circulating interiors, commissioned by AECID. With Jose Ahedo

Rome (Italy) / 2014

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"Desk Informants/Interior Intruders" are devices for the personalization of the desk and reflect on the logics of personalization in contemporary circulating regimes.

The objects that build our interiors perform as nodes in networks of information, matter and capital. They no longer constitute the spaces we inhabit as a privileged realm of privacy—as interiors were conventionally understood—, but rather socialize these spaces. The way we interact with them within our daily routines is also part of the same networks, in ways that overcome the logics of fashion and the notion of habitus understood as a series of stabilizing collective symbolic systems and practices that structure ways of doing and being. Contemporary regimes produce constant disjunctures among those systems and practices and are rather articulated around the simultaneous circulation of images and people creating contingent networks rather than stable structures.

Within these regimes, objects populating interiors link personal decisions with geographies of production, individual physiological needs and collectively built paranoia. These objects enact the logics of these different orders, mobilizing around them new postures, physiologies, economic transactions, geographies of production, opinion making and scientific knowledge. Our drinking devices and the amount of water we consume is connected as much to World Health Organization studies as it is to garbage production. Having a cactus in our work space is no longer mere aesthetic decision, since we learnt they absorb harmful radiation from our computers.

Photo by Begoña Zubero.

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Radical Pedagogies Publications

Co-authored publications of the collective research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton University

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Pedagogical experiments played a crucial role in shaping architectural discourse and practice in the second half of the twentieth century. This challenge to normative thinking was a major force in the post-war field of architecture.

B. Colomina, I. G. Galán, E. Kotsioris, AM. Meister "Radical Pedagogies: Educating Change," Quaderns 267 (2015)

B. Colomina, I. G. Galán, E. Kotsioris, AM. Meister "Radical Pedagogies," Uncube n.25 (Oct. 2014)

B. Colomina, I. G. Galán, E. Kotsioris, AM. Meister "Radical Pedagogies," Pidgin 17 (2014)

B. Colomina, E. Choi, I. G. Galán, AM. Meister"Radical Pedagogy," Architectural Review (Sept, 2012)

Pedagogy, Language, History

Book Chapter "The Pursuit for a 'Change of Life:' Pedagogical Experiences, Poetic Occupations and Historical Frictions"

Published in Building Cultures Valparaiso (Laussane: EPFL Press and Routledge, 2015)

Architecture pedagogy continuously revises the tools and protocols of the discipline, and it simultaneously considers its diverse agendas and goals as well. The pedagogy of the Valparaiso School directly addressed this conundrum, explicitly rejecting with its methods of architecture production any attempt to “change the world,” and was otherwise guided by a pursuit for a “change of life.” Their proposed exercises and architectures did not advance any material form of engagement with their historical context, but sought a different productivity for architecture with forms of expression that could overcome this context.

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With this particular aim, poetry's relation to architecture was explored as a strategy to set in friction processes of artistic synthesis with the experience of the city. Sites were occupied as playing fields in which the movements of bodies, their appearance in public, their  formal arrangement in space and other artistic and architectural strategies were disengaged from any goal beyond them. Such an approach to architecture was thought to charge spaces with meaning and to open them to the production of new subjectivities. In fact, through different poetic acts and performances a new form of productivity was sought for architecture in the relation to different forms of expression and the occupation of spaces. The development of the Valparaíso School's agenda inevitably brought to the fore the tension between a quest for newness in its forms of expression and the unfolding of historical events. This tension became clearest in the 1967 protest in Valparaiso, which this research project addresses and evaluates.

This research is part of the collective research project Radical Pedagogies, and results from archival research in Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso, funded by the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University.

Building Cultures Valparaiso (Laussane: EPFL Press and Routledge, 2015), including:

I. G. Galán, "The Pursuit for a 'Change of Life:' Pedagogical Experiences, Poetic Occupations and Historical Frictions"

B. Colomina, I. G. Galán, E. Kotsioris and A. Meister "Radical Pedagogies. Notes Toward a Taxonomy of Global Experiments"

Provisional Simultaneities

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. 

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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"

The Restroom Pavilion

Image by Paula Vilaplana

Installation at the 17 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (by invitation of the general curator Hashim Sarkis). By Matilde Cassani, Ignacio G. Galán, Iván L. Munuera.

Giardini della Biennale, Venice (Italy) / May 22- November 22, 2021

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When we enter the restroom, we are never alone. Instead, we are entangled in a network of bodies, infrastructures, ecosystems, cultural norms, and regulations. In the Restroom Pavilion, some nodes within these networks are explored as they specifically materialize within Venice—a city that reveals itself as a constellation of mutually dependent environments and distinct geographies. In the Pavilion, a number of flags celebrate these networks in lieu of typical bathroom signage. Inside, a new materialization takes the place of the tiling that typically sustains modern and contemporary ideals of hygiene in the architecture of restrooms. If these ideals have typically operated through the creation of increasingly isolating and discriminatory practices, the Restroom Pavilion provides an inclusive description of the realities within which restrooms exist. In the restroom, we always live together.

In collaboration with Leonardo Gatti, Pablo Saiz del Rio, Paula Vilaplana de Miguel.

Sponsored by Elise Jaffe +Jeffrey Brown, Barnard College of Columbia University, Princeton University School of Architecture, AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

See more on the website!

Photo by www.imagensubliminal.com (Miguel de Guzman+Rocio Romero)

 

Your Restroom is a Battleground

Photo by www.imagensubliminal.com (Miguel de Guzman+Rocio Romero)

Research Station at the 17 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (by invitation of the general curator Hashim Sarkis). By Matilde Cassani, Ignacio G. Galán, Iván L. Munuera, Joel Sanders

Corderie del Arsenale, Venice (Italy) / May 22- November 22, 2021

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Restrooms are often described as neutral facilities or mere utilitarian infrastructures catering to the universal needs of individuals. But they are contested spaces that are shaped by and in turn shape the ways bodies and communities come together. Restrooms are architectures where gender, religion, race, ability, hygiene, health, environmental concerns, and the economy are defined culturally and articulated materially. In the last years, the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and growing tensions derived from population displacements have made these entanglements more evident. Restrooms are not an isolated design problem but rather symptoms of larger disputes that can be mediated through architectural tools. Your Restroom is a Battleground presents a selection of seven case studies as an installation at the Arsenale. The case studies are presented through dioramas that represent a variety of restroom battles around the world and illustrate how these debates take shape and reflect local and global social concerns and agendas. Restrooms are political architectures, they are battlegrounds. 

In collaboration with Seb Choe, Leonardo Gatti, Vanessa Gonzalez, Marco Li, Jorge Lopez Conde, Maria Chiara Pastore, Pablo Saiz del Rio, Paula Vilaplana de Miguel

Research and Design: Matilde Cassani; Ignacio G. Galán; Iván L. Munuera; Joel Sanders

Model Design and Production: Pablo Saiz del Rio

Graphic and Web Design: Paula Vilaplana de Miguel

Multimedia Production: Paula Vilaplana de Miguel and Jorge Lopez Conde

Research and Design Collaboration: Seb Choe, Leonardo Gatti, Vanessa Gonzalez, Marco Li, and Maria Chiara Pastore

Sponsored by Elise Jaffe +Jeffrey Brown, Barnard College of Columbia University, Princeton University School of Architecture, Yale University, AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

See more on the website!

Photo by www.imagensubliminal.com (Miguel de Guzman+Rocio Romero)

After Belonging

Chief Curators of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale: Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galan, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier

After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit

Oslo (Norway) / September 08 -November 27, 2016

Being at home has different definitions nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries in our contemporary global landscapes. Belonging is no longer just bound to one’s own space of residence or to the territory of a nation, nor does it last a whole lifespan.

Map of the curatorial Project by Lluis A. Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galan, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier. Drawing by David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Studio Animal (Javier Jiménez Iniesta)

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After Belonging addresses and imagines the objects, spaces, and territories of a transforming condition of belonging. Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging. These transfers bring greater accessibility to ever-new commodities and further geographies. But, simultaneously, circulation also promotes growing inequalities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit. After Belonging analyzes the ways in which architecture participates and intervenes in both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we produce, own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?

The Core Program of the Triennale is composed by:

-After Belonging: On Residence, an exhibition at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA)

-After Belonging: In Residence, a program of intervention strategies and exhibition at the National Museum—Architecture

-After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit, a book published by Lars Muller

-The After Belonging Conference, at the Opera House

-The Embassy, a stateless embassy that represents, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by Kurdish communities of the autonomous region of Rojava in northern Syria. Conceived and designed by Studio Jonas Staal in collaboration with the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava.

-The Academy, a forum organized by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO, bringing schools and students from around the world into a global dialogue and knowledge-sharing experimen.

See more about the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging in http://oslotriennale.no/en/2016

See more about the After Belonging Agency in afterbelonging.org

Design and Production Associates: Juan Ruiz Anton, Paola Simone García / Graphic Design: This is our work (Megan Feehan) / Design Assistant: Kamilla Csegzi / Research Associate: Jess Ngan / Assistant: Nick Oelrich

After Belonging: On Residence

Curation and Design of an exhibition within the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA)

Oslo (Norway) / September 08 -November 27, 2016

Design by Lluís A. Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier. Drawing by Eduardo Tazon.

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After Belonging: On Residence documents the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the redefinition of our contemporary spaces of residence, considering the aesthetic, technical, and sociopolitical implications of this redefinition. Architecture, here, takes different forms beyond the building, from arrangements of objects and their logistics, to territorial configurations and digital systems of organization. The contributions to the exhibition gravitate around five areas: Borders Elsewhere, Furnishing After Belonging, Sheltering Temporariness, Technologies for a Life in Transit, and Markets and Territories of the Global Home. Arranged as an accumulation of evidences and speculations, the exhibition unveils the multiple scales and media involved in the architectures of contemporary forms of residence, and how they convey new articulations between individuals, objects, technologies, collectives, and territories.

Participants: Unfold; Amadou Kane Sy; Kër Thiossane; Enorme Estudio & PKMN Architectures; ROTOR; Jill Magid; Coralie Gourguechon; Superunion Architects; Folder; Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation; Femke Herregraven; Einar Sneve Martinussen & Jørn Knutsen; Martti Kalliala; Sputniko!; Sigil, Khaled Malas; estudio SIC |  VIC; Martha Rosler & Pelin Tan; Bouchra Khalili; Supersudaca; Pa.LaC.E; Frida Escobedo & Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa; Kadambari Baxi, Janette Kim, Meg McLagan, David Schiminovich, Mark Wasiuta; Cooking Sections; Paulo Tavares with Armin Linke, Giulia Bruno; L.E.FT with Lawrence Abu Hamdan;  Nora Akawi, Nina V. Kolowratnik, Johannes Pointl, Eduardo Rega; Center for Political Beauty; Adrian Lahoud; Luis Callejas & Charlotte Hansson; Design Earth; Center for Spatial Research (Laura Kurgan, Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Angelika Rettberg); Ana Naomi de Sousa, Paulo Moreira, Pétur Waldorff; OMA + BENGLER 

The exhibition is produced by DOGA - The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in collaboration with Oslo Architecture Triennale. This exhibition is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and accompanies the exhibition In Residence, at The National Museum – Architecture.

Exhibition Curators and Designers: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Design and Production Associates: Juan Ruiz Anton, Paola Simone García / Graphic Design: This is our work (Megan Feehan) + MHDS (Markus Heibø) / Design Assistant: Kamilla Csegzi / Research Associate: Jess Ngan / Assistant: Nick Oelrich

After Belonging: In Residence

Curation and Design of an exhibition within the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

National Museum-Architecture

Oslo (Norway) / September 08 -November 27, 2016

Design by Lluís A. Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier. Drawing by Eduardo Tazon.

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After Belonging: In Residence is a speculative platform focused on a selection of ten sites around the globe that encapsulate current transformations of belonging. The exhibition presents ten commissioned reports and five intervention strategies, intended as two distinct but related architectural operations to approach these sites. The ten reports outline diverse ways of describing the sites, offering multifaceted perspectives and bringing together different scales. In addition, five intervention strategies have been selected through an international open call for the sites located in Oslo and the Nordic region. These interventions design tactical and long-term forms of engagement with the sites, and rehearse alternative architectural practices. By bringing together these different approaches, the In Residence exhibition aims to test the capacity of architectural expertise to respond to changing realities.

Reporters: Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter; James Bridle; Transborder Studio; Ahmet Öğüt & Emily Fahlén; Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine; THE STATE; Matilde Cassani; Emeka Ogboh; First Office; Husos Architects

Intervention Strategies: Bollería Industrial; Nabil Ahmed, Dámaso Randulfe; Caitlin Blanchfield, Glen Cummings, Jaffer Kolb, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Leah Meisterlin; Elisabeth Søiland, Silje Klepsvik, Åsne Hagen; Ruimteveldwerk;

The exhibition is produced by The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in collaboration with Oslo Architecture Triennale. This exhibition is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and accompanies the exhibition On Residence, at The Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture, DOGA. 

Exhibition Curators and Designers: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Design and Production Associates: Juan Ruiz Anton, Paola Simone García / Graphic Design: This is our work (Megan Feehan) + MHDS (Markus Heibø) / Design Assistant: Kamilla Csegzi / Research Associate: Jess Ngan / Assistant: Nick Oelrich

After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit

Editors of the Official Publication of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Publisher: Lars Müller Publishers, 2016

The After Belonging publication brings together commissioned essays exploring theoretical arguments, historical case studies, and narrative voices, with a compilation of contributions presented in the different Triennale’s platforms. Working as an archive, it contextualizes each contribution within wider conversations and fosters relationships between the works.

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With original pieces by: Arjun Appadurai; Cristina López Uribe; Deane Simpson; Didier Fassin; Felicity D. Scott; Hu Fang; Ijlal Muzaffar; Iver B. Neumann; James Graham; Jeffrey Schnapp; Jesse LeCavalier; John Harwood; Keller Easterling; Louise Amoore; Lorenzo Pezzani & Charles Heller; Mabel O. Wilson; Merve Bedir; Michel Feher; Pamela Karimi; Thomas Hylland Eriksen; Thomas Keenan; Troy Conrad Therrien

Graphic Design: This is our work / Copyeditor: John Wriedt

 

 

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Radical Pedagogies Venice

Co-curation of an installation featuring the collective research project on architecture pedagogy led by Beatriz Colomina with Princeton PhD Candidates, within the section Monditalia at the 14 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (by invitation of the general curator of Rem Koolhaas): Beatriz Colomina, Britt Eversole, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister, Federica Vannucchi

Corderie dell'Arsenale, Venice (Italy) / June 7 - November 13, 2014

Acknowledged with the Special Mention of the Jury

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Radical Pedagogies explores a series of pedagogical experiments that played a crucial role in shaping architectural discourse and practice in the second half of the twentieth century. As a challenge to normative thinking, they questioned, redefined, and reshaped the postwar field of architecture. They are radical in the literal meaning stemming from the Latin radix (root), as they question the basis of architecture. These new modes of teaching shook foundations and disturbed assumptions, rather than reinforcing and disseminating them. They operated as small endeavors, sometimes on the fringes of institutions, but had long-lasting impact. Much of architectural teaching today still rests on the paradigms they introduced.

This installation at Monditalia zooms in on the Italian situation. Multiple case studies are explored to expand the geographical and conceptual map—reconstructing the pedagogical shift in Italy in the late 1960s and 1970s. 

See the Radical Pedagogies web platform.

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Research and curation: Beatriz Colomina, Britt Eversole, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister, Federica Vannucchi.

Design and construction: Cristóbal Amunátegui and Alejandro Valdés, Amunátegui Valdés architects. Graphic design by Pablo González, Smog.tv.

Multiplatform publishing concept: dpr-barcelona, Ethel Baraona and César Reyes.

After Belonging Conference

Curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 Conference: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Oslo Opera House

Oslo (Norway) / September 9, 2016

The After Belonging conference brings together architects, thinkers, decision-makers, and local experts in order to dissect the role of the architect in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging. 

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The Conference is organized in four sections: 

Global Expertise interrogates the role of the architect within current processes of globalization. By addressing economic, ecological, and logistic networks, this first section questions previous understandings of global expertise and practice, and seeks for a new common frame of action and discussion.

Sheltering Temporariness delves into the complexities of architectural action within the loaded social and political contexts in which notions of belonging and shelter are reconfigured. The section addresses contexts either affected by the alleged exceptionality of natural disasters or armed conflicts, or where precariousness has been normalized.

Productions of Locality looks at the practices and representations involved in the construction of identities in global regimes. Distinctive geographies will be addressed both in their instrumentalization for the markets of tourism or as a form of emancipation.

The Digital and the Real Estate analyzes architecture’s mediations within the technological and financial infrastructures supporting new ways of being together, considering both their potentials and challenges.

Participants: Amale Andraos, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kajima, Eyal Weizman, Grete Brochman, Gro Bonesmo, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Juan Herreros, Karl Otto Ellefsen, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Michel Feher, Negar Azimi, Even Westvang & Simen Svale Skogsrud, Per Heggenes, Reinhold Martin, John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Andreas G. Gjertsen, Yasmeen Lari

 

Radical Pedagogies Lisbon

Co-curation of an installation featuring the collective research project on architecture pedagogy led by Beatriz Colomina with Princeton PhD Candidates, as an Associated project to the 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale: Beatriz Colomina, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister

Sinel de Cordes, Lisbon (Portugal) / September 12 - December 15, 2013

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Radical Pedagogies explores a series of pedagogical experiments that played a crucial role in shaping architectural discourse and practice in the second half of the twentieth century. As a challenge to normative thinking, they questioned, redefined, and reshaped the postwar field of architecture. They are radical in the literal meaning stemming from the Latin radix (root), as they question the basis of architecture. These new modes of teaching shook foundations and disturbed assumptions, rather than reinforcing and disseminating them. They operated as small endeavors, sometimes on the fringes of institutions, but had long-lasting impact. Much of architectural teaching today still rests on the paradigms they introduced.

See the Radical Pedagogies web platform.

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Research and Curation: Beatriz Colomina, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister.

Design: Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris and Anna-Maria Meister with Dorit Aviv and Loren Yu.

Construction: Dorit Aviv, Ignacio G. Galán, Anna-Maria Meister and Evangelos Kotsioris with John Hunter, Rui Morais e Castro and POLIGONO.

Cinecittà Occupata

Curation of an installation on the film studios Cinecittà, within the section Monditalia at the 14 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (by invitation of the general curator of Rem Koolhaas)

Corderie dell'Arsenale, Venice (Italy) / June 7 - November 23, 2014

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The studio complex Cinecittà, known as Italy's "factory of images," manufactures realities for film and television and circulates them as fictions gathering together different constituencies. At the same time, these fictions are housed in a built structure that, though remaining invisible behind them, occupies more than 500.000 sqm within the city of Rome and is submitted to its changing logics throughout history, its legal frameworks and associated processes of land speculation. Access to this enclave is a precious (and restricted) asset, since its activities congregate an influential set of actors playing roles not only in film, but in broader cultural and economic networks.

The installation Cinecittà Occupata borrows its name from the 2012 occupation of the famous roman film studios, by workers in protest against their recent business strategies, which workers saw as dismissing their expertise and turning Cinecittà's interests away from film and toward projects that depend on the entanglement of image production with the entertainment and tourism industries. As squatters, they are the most recent occupants of the studios, "Cinecittà okkupata."

Beyond this polemic, Cinecittá Occupata showcases the studios' different kinds of occupations—considering both the fictional spaces that gather us, and the spaces of fiction production—and reflects on Cinecittà as a laboratory for the scrutiny of post-industrial societies—one that has been continuously negotiated and contested.

See more in www.cinecittaoccupata.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

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Design and research: Ignacio G. Galán

Ignacio G. Galán and Jose Ahedo, design and construction; Cyrus Penarroyo, graphic design;  Jose Meza, diagrams; Jacob Moore, text editor; Juan Rey, structures; Bat Spain, textiles; Luis Mesejo, web design. With video by Hugo Kenzo, drawings by Thomas Kelley and photographs by Begoña Zubero.

Special thanks to Lucia Allais,  Katy Barkan, Sara Martin, Marina Otero, Javier Rubin, Andrea Sabbadini, Azzurra Stilo, Lèa-Catherine Szacka, Fondo Belloni Peressutti, and Cinecittá World.

Supporters: Consejería Cultural Embajada de España en Roma (AECID), AC/E, www.batspain.com, Serge Ferrari, Elise Jaffe+Jeffrey Brown

Interior networks, Italian habitations

Research and design of an installation within an exhibition at Real Academia de España en Roma
Rome (Italy) / June 17 - August 31, 2014

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Contemporaneous to the construction of the notion of privacy and increasingly throughout the 20th Century, the interior spaces we inhabit became entangled with different cultural and economic processes and exploded any stable definitions of its boundaries. And still, interiors continued to gather different constituencies and manage systems of inclusion and exclusion in forms exceeding their physical delimitations alone.

"Interior networks, Italian habitations" reflects on the real and imagined interiors built simultaneously in the late 1920s and the 1930s in Italy, and displays the complex array of spaces overlapping in the construction of an Italian habitation throughout the period. Different interiors were linked within cultural and material networks reaching from rural settings to New York and Addis Abbeba, from arrangements suggested in Il Corriere della Sera, to objects on display in La Rinascente, to stages shot in Cinecittà.

Simultaneously a display wall and a dividing fence, the exhibition reflects on the way in which the flatness of interior images reproduced in the media and the fleetingness of interior ensembles in department stores and exhibition rooms had lasting spatial implications and created borders at different scales.

"Interior networks, Italian habitations" is a private installation in a collective exhibition.

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  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. Our work focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavors. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. The office was a finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize as a result of its contributions to design culture. 

    We operate through diverse media and platforms and are continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research 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. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Grant 2015). He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies 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. He is currently one of the editors of the eponymous volume, forthcoming in 2020 by Sternberg Press (Graham Foundation Grant 2019).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, and diverse forms of population displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated with Distinction 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 and a Fulbright Scholar. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign among others.

  • Statement Open or Close

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

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation challenge our understanding of architecture (conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability), requires new imaginations for our ways of being together and consequently remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

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

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

     

News

2021 09 > Ignacio G. Galán will teach a bridge seminar for graduate and undergraduate students at Barnard and Columbia Colleges and Columbia University, titled "Architecture and Migration in New York." This course will be supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of Columbia University’s Center for Spatial Research's series of seminars on topics related to spatial inequality. He will additionally teach and advanced research and design studio for Barnard and Columbia College students.

2021 06 > Ignacio G. Galán will teach a graduate studio titled "Housing Infrastructures for the Countercollapse" in the AAD Program at Columbia GSAPP by invitation of the program director Andrés Jaque. 

2021 05 > Ignacio G. Galán will participate in the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, with an Installation in the Giardini together with Matilde Cassani and Iván L. Munuera and with a Research Station at the Arsenale together with Matilde Cassani, Iván L. Munuera, and Joel Sanders. Curated by Hashim Sarkis with the title: How Will We Live Together? Opening August 29.

 

2020 04 > Ignacio G. Galán lectured at UCLA on Wednesday April 29th at 12:00 PT (online!). Register here.

 

2020 04 > Ignacio G. Galán will speak at the conference MIGRANT URBANISMS at CCNY (CANCELLED).

 

2020 03 > Ignacio G. Galán publishes Notes on Crip Camp at the Avery Review, reflecting on media, representation, and disability justice.

 

2020 02 > Ignacio G. Galán publishes Dislocating Nationalism: Spatial Genealogies of Present Fears, New York Italians Ca. 1900 in the Cornell Journal of Architecture 11: Fear.

 

2019 09 > Ignacio G. Galán interviews disability rights activist and film director Jim LeBrecth on the spaces and politics of dsabilities for ED3: Normal.

 

2019 12 > Ignacio G. Galán participates in Design Reviews at University of Tornoto Daniels Facuty, at Michigan University Taubman College, at CCNY, at Columbia GSAPP, and at Barnard+Columbia Colleges.

2019 11 > Ignacio G. Galán participates in the International Conference on Architecture and Migration in Riga, Latvia, organized by the Latvian Association of Architects and Baltic Architects Union Association.

 

2019 09 > Ignacio G. Galán participates in the symposium Re: Housing Detroit at Tubman College, Michigan University, with a paper dedicated to housing, migration, and belonging.

 

2019 05 > Ignacio G. Galán join the Architecture Department at Barnard+Columbia Colleges as Assistant Professor. Ignacio will continue to teach courses in Architectural Design and the History and Theory of Architecture.

2019 04 04 > Ignacio G. Galán and Ralph Ghoche chair the session Urban Dislocations and the Architecture of Diasporas at the Association for Art History Annual Conference in Brighton. 

 

2018 12 11 > Ignacio G. Galán speaks at the conference "Intimacy Exposed: Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom," at HEAD Genève. His paper, Crip Restrooms, addressed the way these key spaces negotiate accessibility and inclusion.