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Maurício Meirelles

, Brazil
Architect and fiction writer. Published the books A Cidadela (2019) and Birigüi, by Miguilim Publish House, Brazil. In 2017, Birigüi was selected for the Bologna Children's Book Fair, shortlisted in the 59th Jabuti National Book Award, and selected for The White Ravens collection of the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany. The author has articles published in Brazilian newspapers and magazines. He is one of the founders and editor of Olympio literary and arts magazine, launched in 2018.

Conjectural objects


An imaginary cartography of physically impossible architecture

Conjectural objects


An imaginary cartography of physically impossible architecture
Turn storytelling into an architecture made of words – building physically impossible objects.
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Somewhere between what’s seen and what’s imagined lies the city. If it’s concrete matter, at the same time it’s fantasy, the product of narratives that build it in the immaterial dimension of signs.
We know that cartography is an objective discipline, the more successful the greater its ability to accurately represent the mapped object. But how to map fantasy?
To draw subjective maps of cities, we should perhaps take them as protagonists of our stories, rather than just scenarios. This means turn storytelling into an architecture built out of words – a conjectural, physically impossible object –, expanding the possibilities of spatial thinking, going beyond – and overcoming – the materiality of existent things.
Working as a reverse of a typical design tool – focused in representing objects’ visible parts – literature can reveal what one can’t see in them, seeking for the “unseen” that lurks between the layers of the visible. There lie, hidden, the narratives waiting to be written.

Conjectural objects


An imaginary cartography of physically impossible architecture

Conjectural objects


An imaginary cartography of physically impossible architecture
Turn storytelling into an architecture made of words – building physically impossible objects.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Somewhere between what’s seen and what’s imagined lies the city. If it’s concrete matter, at the same time it’s fantasy, the product of narratives that build it in the immaterial dimension of signs.
We know that cartography is an objective discipline, the more successful the greater its ability to accurately represent the mapped object. But how to map fantasy?
To draw subjective maps of cities, we should perhaps take them as protagonists of our stories, rather than just scenarios. This means turn storytelling into an architecture built out of words – a conjectural, physically impossible object –, expanding the possibilities of spatial thinking, going beyond – and overcoming – the materiality of existent things.
Working as a reverse of a typical design tool – focused in representing objects’ visible parts – literature can reveal what one can’t see in them, seeking for the “unseen” that lurks between the layers of the visible. There lie, hidden, the narratives waiting to be written.


Idea by

Maurício Meirelles
Brazil
Architect and fiction writer. Published the books A Cidadela (2019) and Birigüi, by Miguilim Publish House, Brazil. In 2017, Birigüi was selected for the Bologna Children's Book Fair, shortlisted in the 59th Jabuti National Book Award, and selected for The White Ravens collection of the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany. The author has articles published in Brazilian newspapers and magazines. He is one of the founders and editor of Olympio literary and arts magazine, launched in 2018.