ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]


Interior networks, Italian habitations Gallery

Photos by Javier Rubin

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

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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    [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.

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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 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.