Architecture materializes power through its lasting presence. Examining architecture as an entangled system, as form rather than meaningless shapes, we propose a multi scalar, indisciplinary discussion. In order to consider how the production of architecture is yoked to the commodification of natural resources, it becomes imperative to unveil the power structures behind this process.
Reframing Brazil offers an incomplete critical panorama of a logic of production and consumption, which operates at a local and a global scale. We propose to visualize this underlying logic, returning to the origin of the material chain, rewinding its processes and making visible the abstract logic behind it. This work contests the alienation of the final building from its landscapes of extraction, exposing which landscapes are left behind after the material departs.
It is an unfinished process: a collaborative platform thatdiscusses possibilities of different forms of organization and chain logistics that architecture entails. Questions regarding the material nature of architecture are raised: How to represent the layers of extraction that a built project underpins? Who narrates this story and for whom? How can we imagine other landscapes of extraction, considering a locally situated perspective as entangled with the global perspective? In this process, the material is investigated in its symbolic and political meaning.
Resources are essential to the primary necessity
of architecture to materialize. In the global logistics
of material extraction, the contemporary logic of construction reproduces colonial form of extractivism:
to have the material in the construction site is more important than the consideration of displacement of local conditions from which the material comes. After the end of the construction site, it becomes a decontextualized matter.
Architecture has the capacity to respond critically and give form to other ways of living together. A question, which animates the debates and is pervasive for us: how can we reverse the expansion of economic abstraction upon the planet and fundamentally, upon our lives? We advocate for the importance of learning from a deep time to project new forms of care of common resources.
Drawings visualize systems behind form and architecture. They illustrate architectural conditions in Brazil, which despite their ties to specific places, can be found in other parts of the world. Films and Projects bring propositions from diverse authors into dialog. Interviews bridge the discussion with the present moment, rehearsing potential forms of action. And the fundraising is an attempt to turn this project into manifold practical outcomes. Through multiple viewing subjects, the drawings illustrate both phenomena and abstractions to spark a discussion on the meanings behind construction and architectural form.