The main objective was to start an open conversation with society and with public institutions about the contemporary city and its impact in people’s daily experience. Due to continuous changes in forms of production and urban politics, it is necessary to redefine the role that architecture can play in these urban ecosystems.
LOCATION Sevilla. Spain
CLIENT Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Sevilla (COAS)
TEAM LUGADERO (Marta Morera, Javier Martínez, Elisa Monge, Antonio Figueroa, Beatriz Pavón), LATERAL (Pepe Barahona, Fernando Ruso)
PHOTO Juanma García Nieto
During the 17th Seville Architecture Week, the Official Architecture College of Seville promoted the exhibition faq* (Frequently Asked Questions), which was curated by Lugadero. In the new context of transparency in decision making, where these decisions are no longer exclusive to politicians and planning officers, faq* brings the political dimension through the activism of those architects that play a role the transformation of cities.
Faq* is a disperse exhibition scattered across the city, in which thirty architects make questions about the city of Seville. This Frequently Asked Questions go beyond the architectural discipline, bringing the profession closer to society and gathering diverse voices that work on addressing emerging challenges in the public realm. The exhibition communicates the public potential of architecture through throwing questions to people’s collective consciousness and establishing a dialogue through different channels such as social media. The exhibition brings a political dimension that has not always been close to citizens. However, the current post-recession context has changed the rules of the game, and politicians, offices and citizens exchange roles in identifying public demands about the city and its management.
As mediator between societal demands and public space policies, architects have committed to this responsibility in different ways and with diverse results. In the context of Globalisation and with the homogenisation of the city, the role of the architects has frequently been just to address questions that others have formulated. Faq* challenges this dynamic through inviting thirty architects to formulate their own questions and exhibit them in the public space.
These questions, as well as its public and private answers, not only represent a valuable archive of the collective consciousness of architecture in the city, but also demonstrate the architects’ desire to claim the co-responsibility to participate, mediate, articulate and translate the collective desires of those that do not have the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes.