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Idea by

Carol Iglesias and Jorge Rodriguez

Affordable Portable

http://affordableportable.cargocollective.com

566 Cable Street, London, United Kingdom
Affordable Portable is a collective that seeks to immerse writing in space and to reflect on the processes by which land, border, and movement are realised. Jorge is currently writing about the US-Mexico border, data, forced waiting, and narratives of escape in corridos. He studies an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS. Carol is pursuing an MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, where she researches solar engineering experiments, food sovereignty, and the epistemology of crisis.

On-Site Interruptus


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

On-Site Interruptus


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
A chronicle narrating the disruption of six architectural projects at different stages of completion.
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Interruption creates duration, allowing us to reflect on the process of architecture: from the moment a proposal hits a desk, to the point when a site is fenced off and cranes are brought in, to the virtual tour of an unbuilt mega-tower. Architectural projects provoke feelings and make interests collide. At times, things come to a halt. Our project jams the moment of construction to give life to architectural ideas, not as pre-fab social futures, but as designs to be roughly, barely realised. Ideas from the open call will serve as a framework for a story, featuring narratives like:
a gas station along the Sinai Peninsula turns into the sole centre of life after the construction of an transnational railway provokes massive traffic jams in the region; a weed plague increases ground humidity and halts an urban up-cycling project; the opening ceremony for a riverside pool is postponed when fishermen displaced years ago sabotage the project by throwing live fish in the chlorinated water


Bureaucratic deferrals (permits, notices, licenses to build, governmental authorisation, management approval, naming, owning, signing, etc.)

Collateral delays (traffic jams, long circumventions, queues, insomnia provoked by construction noise, clogged bridges, busy supply chains, etc.)

Disruptions/Irruptions (directed or undirected information overflows, strikes, broken machines, fallen cranes, distractions, lazy workers, passer-by, unsecured sites, etc.)

Arresting Sites (spaces not meant to be traversed, ecological interruptions, unexpected soils, wrong measurements, weeds, plague, weather events, etc.)

Correspondence takes time (back and forth, FYI, meaningful project, religious authority, arousing opinion, fit, matching tradition, letters, etc.)

On-Site Interruptus


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

On-Site Interruptus


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
A chronicle narrating the disruption of six architectural projects at different stages of completion.
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Interruption creates duration, allowing us to reflect on the process of architecture: from the moment a proposal hits a desk, to the point when a site is fenced off and cranes are brought in, to the virtual tour of an unbuilt mega-tower. Architectural projects provoke feelings and make interests collide. At times, things come to a halt. Our project jams the moment of construction to give life to architectural ideas, not as pre-fab social futures, but as designs to be roughly, barely realised. Ideas from the open call will serve as a framework for a story, featuring narratives like:
a gas station along the Sinai Peninsula turns into the sole centre of life after the construction of an transnational railway provokes massive traffic jams in the region; a weed plague increases ground humidity and halts an urban up-cycling project; the opening ceremony for a riverside pool is postponed when fishermen displaced years ago sabotage the project by throwing live fish in the chlorinated water


Bureaucratic deferrals (permits, notices, licenses to build, governmental authorisation, management approval, naming, owning, signing, etc.)

Collateral delays (traffic jams, long circumventions, queues, insomnia provoked by construction noise, clogged bridges, busy supply chains, etc.)

Disruptions/Irruptions (directed or undirected information overflows, strikes, broken machines, fallen cranes, distractions, lazy workers, passer-by, unsecured sites, etc.)

Arresting Sites (spaces not meant to be traversed, ecological interruptions, unexpected soils, wrong measurements, weeds, plague, weather events, etc.)

Correspondence takes time (back and forth, FYI, meaningful project, religious authority, arousing opinion, fit, matching tradition, letters, etc.)


Idea by

Carol Iglesias and Jorge Rodriguez
Affordable Portable
566 Cable Street
London
United Kingdom
Affordable Portable is a collective that seeks to immerse writing in space and to reflect on the processes by which land, border, and movement are realised. Jorge is currently writing about the US-Mexico border, data, forced waiting, and narratives of escape in corridos. He studies an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS. Carol is pursuing an MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, where she researches solar engineering experiments, food sovereignty, and the epistemology of crisis.