Characterize about the present state of the environment in which we produce our cities and built our habitat is urgent. The French sociologist Bruno Latour argues that, as never before in human history, the society has become a geological force, an “objective” phenomenon for the natural environment facing the colossal scale of our production network. As a result of this transformation Latour contends that the planet earth becomes threatening force of humanity as we reproduce today, featuring nature as a historical subject and an antagonistic political agent of our civilization.
The Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castros discusses that will be necessary profound changes in the current scientific knowledge to act and work on a future characterized by “an impoverished and squalid environment, an ecological desert and a sociological hell”. Taking a negative horizon that only existed in philosophy and sociology to the practice of other sciences and fields of knowledge.
On the opposite side of this pessimism presented by these sociological researchers, in the field of architecture the hegemonic discourse of sustainability does not seem to question the limits of technologies and assumptions of our production. Without ever abandoning a vision of progress achieved by overlapping and replacement techniques, without ever imagining a rupture or regression of architectural form.
Maybe we can find in the memorial of Lacaton & Vassal about the Straw Matting Hut in Niamey a powerful provocation to this common praise that many architects do about this endeless technology civilization that we live in: “Searching for and deciding upon the site took six months, the building work two days. The wind took two years to destroy it (1).”
After thirty years of this project I ask to Anne: how long time the wind will take to destroy (dissolve) the errors of our cities?
(1) LACATON & VASSAL. Straw Matting Hut Niamey. 2G Books: Lacaton & Vassal, Barcelona, Ed.Gusavo Gili. p.24.
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Guilherme Pianca, 1987, São Paulo. Architect and Urbanist graduated from University of São Paulo (FAU-USP), currently develops Masters in History and Fundamentals of Architecture at FAU-USP with research on the relationship between architecture and landscape. Member since 2007 of the editorial board of the journal "Contravento". Participated since 2014 on the FAU-USP core in the Latin American Observatory of architecture. Works since 2008 in the office MMBB architects, São Paulo, Brazil.