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Letícia Carmo

https://infoscience.epfl.ch/record/223448

Lisbon, Portugal
Master in Architecture (Lisbon/Ljubljana), PhD in Urban Sociology (Lausanne). Interested about informal architectures, visual aesthetics, alternative culture, urban and cultural policies. Scientific collaborator of the Creative Cities & Counter-Cultures project (EPFL) and the AAi2 Lab (FAUP). She develops educational programmes and is a mediator for the awareness of the built environment. Several collaborations with architecture offices and research groups in Switzerland and Portugal.

Resistance and compromise


Spatial & Aesthetic Approaches

Resistance and compromise


Spatial & Aesthetic Approaches
The analysis of the influence of alternative culture on contemporary architecture and the market
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Driven by struggles against standardised and authoritarian urban contexts, alternative cultural spaces (precarious, transformed and reused) are examples of convivial, creative and political experiences. Through visual and spatial methods of analysis, these experiences contribute to reflect on social and political engagement as part of wider urban contexts. Considering that the aesthetics of resistance are influenced by practices of counter-cultures and avant-gardes, these kinds of projects intend to resist to mainstream and normalised practices, and also to abandonment and negligence. But the market desires to instrumentalise and control subversive actions. Culture and creativity are at the core of urban planning, based on competitive processes and aimed at economic profit. Different kinds of aestheticisation processes are therefore identified, forcing spatial ambiances, reducing the diversity of urban experience and compromising contemporary and future architectural practices.


mosaics at Hostel Celica, Ljubljana

Tovarna Rog, Ljubljana

Carpe Diem, Lisbon

Pensão Amor, Lisbon

Metelkova Mesto (Lju) and Village Underground Lisbon

Resistance and compromise


Spatial & Aesthetic Approaches

Resistance and compromise


Spatial & Aesthetic Approaches
The analysis of the influence of alternative culture on contemporary architecture and the market
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Driven by struggles against standardised and authoritarian urban contexts, alternative cultural spaces (precarious, transformed and reused) are examples of convivial, creative and political experiences. Through visual and spatial methods of analysis, these experiences contribute to reflect on social and political engagement as part of wider urban contexts. Considering that the aesthetics of resistance are influenced by practices of counter-cultures and avant-gardes, these kinds of projects intend to resist to mainstream and normalised practices, and also to abandonment and negligence. But the market desires to instrumentalise and control subversive actions. Culture and creativity are at the core of urban planning, based on competitive processes and aimed at economic profit. Different kinds of aestheticisation processes are therefore identified, forcing spatial ambiances, reducing the diversity of urban experience and compromising contemporary and future architectural practices.


mosaics at Hostel Celica, Ljubljana

Tovarna Rog, Ljubljana

Carpe Diem, Lisbon

Pensão Amor, Lisbon

Metelkova Mesto (Lju) and Village Underground Lisbon


Idea by

Letícia Carmo
Lisbon
Portugal
Master in Architecture (Lisbon/Ljubljana), PhD in Urban Sociology (Lausanne). Interested about informal architectures, visual aesthetics, alternative culture, urban and cultural policies. Scientific collaborator of the Creative Cities & Counter-Cultures project (EPFL) and the AAi2 Lab (FAUP). She develops educational programmes and is a mediator for the awareness of the built environment. Several collaborations with architecture offices and research groups in Switzerland and Portugal.