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Emil Jurcan

Praksa cooperative

http://praksa.hr

Prolaz kod zdenca 1, Pula, Croatia
Graduated on School of Architecture, Ljubljana. Co-founder of informal self-managed groups "Temp" and "Pulska grupa" that focused on political actions regarding issues of public space management. Member of "Praksa" - first Croatian engineer cooperative. Participated on Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 as part of Pulska grupa collective. Resident artist in Museo Reina Sofia Madrid in 2013. President of regional Association of Architects in Istria, Croatia. Editor of the blog Praksa.

Stripped to the bone


Political subversion of built form

Stripped to the bone


Political subversion of built form
To express political resistance with architecture which fundamentally means through act of building
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Architecture has an immanent public component since it appears publicly and we are exposed to it against our will. That makes it a perfect political tool. If the set of values of the producer are overlapping with the ones of the dominant political order the architecture represents this order. But if they don't can we express architecture's immanent public component in a subversive manner Reconstruction of a Roman theater in Pula, Croatia served as a fertile ground to expose this question. As an important public work it accumulates high level of representation which was confronted with mute form that rejects any ideological narration of the current political order. As a historic site that is meant to be reproduced in a stage of spectacle it is confronted with an open form that integrates in landscape and refuses to become an object. As a heritage that is meant to become a commodity it is confronted with pure tectonic intervention. Architecture in its subversion is stripped to the bone.


View of the theatre

View of the landscape

View of the ruins

Foundation plan

Stripped to the bone


Political subversion of built form

Stripped to the bone


Political subversion of built form
To express political resistance with architecture which fundamentally means through act of building
File under

Architecture has an immanent public component since it appears publicly and we are exposed to it against our will. That makes it a perfect political tool. If the set of values of the producer are overlapping with the ones of the dominant political order the architecture represents this order. But if they don't can we express architecture's immanent public component in a subversive manner Reconstruction of a Roman theater in Pula, Croatia served as a fertile ground to expose this question. As an important public work it accumulates high level of representation which was confronted with mute form that rejects any ideological narration of the current political order. As a historic site that is meant to be reproduced in a stage of spectacle it is confronted with an open form that integrates in landscape and refuses to become an object. As a heritage that is meant to become a commodity it is confronted with pure tectonic intervention. Architecture in its subversion is stripped to the bone.


View of the theatre

View of the landscape

View of the ruins

Foundation plan


Idea by

Emil Jurcan
Praksa cooperative
Prolaz kod zdenca 1
Pula
Croatia
Graduated on School of Architecture, Ljubljana. Co-founder of informal self-managed groups "Temp" and "Pulska grupa" that focused on political actions regarding issues of public space management. Member of "Praksa" - first Croatian engineer cooperative. Participated on Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 as part of Pulska grupa collective. Resident artist in Museo Reina Sofia Madrid in 2013. President of regional Association of Architects in Istria, Croatia. Editor of the blog Praksa.