Published: Saturday, April 26, 2008
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"There was no client for this project. It was directed towards ordinary people that usually come into spaces after they are finished. The idea was to open the possibility for people to simultaneously design, build and use a space." says MOM (Morar de Outras Maneiras / Living in Other Ways) on Interface of spatiality. More
Silke Kapp (1966), Ana Paula Baltazar (1970), Denise Morado (1964), Rodrigo Marcandier (1974), Sulamita Lino (1972)
MOM is not an architectural office; it is a research group based at the School of Architecture, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. It occupies itself with critique of architectural processes of production towards autonomy of users in the production of their own spaces. This means to look at architecture as every space transformed by human work, and not only extraordinary buildings done by extraordinary professionals, or ordinary buildings signed by ordinary architects. In this view, our mission is on the one hand to investigate self-production of spaces to learn with those practices that are not operating under heteronomy, and on the other hand, to look at the architect as designer of interfaces and not only of finished spaces, so that users may actually be autonomous by having access to advanced forces of production. In sum our work is not concerned with the production of finished buildings but with the development of interfaces to help us to understand the way people deal with their spaces and also to spread a critical virus of the production of space, so people can depart from that to inform their own production.
One of the main points of our critique of the production of spaces has been the separation between design, building and use, which is a necessary condition of the modern process of design. According to Sergio Ferro architectural drawings became a necessary means to turn architecture into commodity, as they are the necessary means for the division of labour and of the domination of the labourer in the building site, focusing on exchange and surplus value. Our approach is turned to privilege use value, though we do not neglect the exchange value of every built space. In other words, our mission is to try and understand possible processes of production of space that do not reproduce the social relations of production of capitalism, and to experiment such processes.
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