Aug 4th email correspondence (Luis Fraguada writing to Tomasz Jaskiewicz) about LaN ON-SITE Workshop
The concern I had with this workshop was scale. How to access the urban scale in a two week workshop whilst teaching digital fabrication? I think a lot of my inspiration for this comes from bottom up organizations that can organize and exploit cities. Without being too specific, I will site guerrilla marketing in general as a source (though more often today it is being utilized by corporations as well). Then I cross reference this with my understanding of the urban scale. You coming from an urban background might have more to say on this, but specifically looking at Barcelona, there are territories within the city that are quite ambiguously bounded. There is a certain identity, there is a certain something that groups those buildings, those streets, into one condensed territory. I think by documenting and parameterizing these boundaries, or the elements that define them, we can, on a small scale, make interventions on an urban scale. I see the participants going out into Barcelona, quickly defining a territory of their own within a given range, then repeatedly question and redefine this territory. In the end, the elements observed will serve as inputs to define new neighborhood organizations in Barcelona. Fabricated pieces will be born from observing their chosen territory, and thus by deploying these, giving the new neighborhood identity and cohesiveness. Maybe these are not new neighborhoods at all, but through the amplification of what makes them unique, they will be made more obvious.