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 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. 

    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 and the exhibitions Your Restroom is a Battleground and The Restroom Pavillion for the 2021 Venice Biennale. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. 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 one of the editors of the eponymous volume (MIT Press, 2022).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, migration, and access.

    You can visit his faculty profile here.

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    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. 

    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. 

    We are interested in architecture's capacity to mediate social pursuits for access, diversity, and assistance.

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