thinking

What does it mean to leave on a journey never imagined, to a place no one knew existed, to return with new eyes and see through them possibilities previously thought impossible?

Visual and spatial compositions are a means to activate or support imagining and sharing – they enhance opportunities for communal learning and inclusive design. Hence, creative thoughts take the form of collaborative actions stemming from theory and practice: walks, visual thinking and group initiatives. They culminate in a fusion of diverse forms of knowledge which provide the springboard for new unimaginable experiences.

What does it mean to make visibile what is less accessible?

Playing with artistic and architectural experiences, this practice-based research aims to activate and coordinate inclusive design processes, from the initial concept to its realization. Concrete probes are described in my experience section or unfolded in the honeypot. Aside from the occasional instance where I employ specific expertises (one-off) or where I instigate an independent initiative (experimental), there is an intentional emphasis in my research-practice on more organic and integrated collaborations, conceived of as ecosystems.

It is appealing to relate with ecosystems as limitless arenas of interconnected dimensions, as if organisms, animated by diverse cultures, approaches and aims. Inhabiting and acting within them becomes a choice to respond to explicit or latent requests for transformation by taking part in their evolution. In focusing on relations they address place-making and knowledge. As a consequence skills, expertise and talents are allowed to emerge and the challenges become a premise for awareness, cultural openness and empowered ability to take on change.

lf learning in the field through sharing and realising collective experiences allows for multi-dimensional explorations of the world, than it begs to ask:

Is it the essence of art to activate, perceive, feel, embody, channel and express a composite of intuitions through unpredictable languages and skills?

How can the imaginative expertise within architecture that perceive the world as an ensemble of systems, be used to anticipate, visualise, build and accompany collective processes?

Do such interpretations foster unique ways of relating with those demanding or enacting a more equal and aware society?

How can such fusion be made viable and valuable
in translating experiences into proposals?

These bonds make the action a transmission and an exchange, of stories, common goods, sensitivities, skills and possibilities from one context to another. I undergo such a making as a chance to re-shape ideas, places and myself into something else.

How to adapt the potential multiplicity of languages within planning activities?

The acts presented here exemplify that a better integration involving diverse creative practices is not merely a formal or conceptual niche. On the contrary, it is essential to kick start a chain reaction of renovation, cultural growth, authenticy and strenghtening. The economic aspect, as the totality of resources that are invested into, and result from, an exchange, is here the most variable, diverse, yet the most interesting challenge with the limits of the possible, dealing with and confronting the present.

The diagram below works as a compass to navigate through the website, based on integrated design or combined approaches to observation and action.