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Jimmy Carter, Abigail Chang, Francesco Marullo, Agata Siemionow

https://www.acertainkindoflife.com/

70 West Burton Place, 2105, Chicago, United States of America
Jimmy Carter, Abigail Chang, Francesco Marullo, and Agata Siemionow are a group of architects and educators from Italy, Poland, USA, and Australia, currently based in Chicago and teaching at the UIC School of Architecture while making projects, books, and exhibitions together.

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Deserts


Architecture and Asceticism

Deserts


Architecture and Asceticism
'Deserts' meditates upon the way we live together and produce ourselves through a book and an exhibition about radical domestic prototypes.
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Carthusians monks refer to their cells as 'deserts.' The cell is a remote site at the margins of civilization, distant from the noise of society and mundane temptations. A desert is not only the place where all customs, personal bonds, and historical stratifications fall apart but also where any consolidated societal structure can be questioned and examined. Nevertheless, the ascetic dimension that the cell implies should be considered neither an exodus nor a refuge from society but rather as an instrument to understand how to live together and dwell in the world: a physical and mental practice for cultivating new strategies of collective organization. Deserts explore the typology of the Carthusian monastery as an architecture of absolute rationality - wherein life cannot be detached from the spaces, the bodily gestures, and the ritual it performs - conjecturing a series of domestic projects that radicalize the way we produce ourselves.


Deserts (Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Charterhouse of Laveiras. Wooden models of cells prototypes, photographed by Ibai Rigby)

Deserts (Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Charterhouse of Laveiras. Wooden models of cells prototypes, photographed by Ibai Rigby)

Deserts (Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Charterhouse of Laveiras. Wooden models of cells prototypes, photographed by Ibai Rigby)

Deserts


Architecture and Asceticism

Deserts


Architecture and Asceticism
'Deserts' meditates upon the way we live together and produce ourselves through a book and an exhibition about radical domestic prototypes.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Carthusians monks refer to their cells as 'deserts.' The cell is a remote site at the margins of civilization, distant from the noise of society and mundane temptations. A desert is not only the place where all customs, personal bonds, and historical stratifications fall apart but also where any consolidated societal structure can be questioned and examined. Nevertheless, the ascetic dimension that the cell implies should be considered neither an exodus nor a refuge from society but rather as an instrument to understand how to live together and dwell in the world: a physical and mental practice for cultivating new strategies of collective organization. Deserts explore the typology of the Carthusian monastery as an architecture of absolute rationality - wherein life cannot be detached from the spaces, the bodily gestures, and the ritual it performs - conjecturing a series of domestic projects that radicalize the way we produce ourselves.


Deserts (Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Charterhouse of Laveiras. Wooden models of cells prototypes, photographed by Ibai Rigby)

Deserts (Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Charterhouse of Laveiras. Wooden models of cells prototypes, photographed by Ibai Rigby)

Deserts (Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Charterhouse of Laveiras. Wooden models of cells prototypes, photographed by Ibai Rigby)


Idea by

Jimmy Carter, Abigail Chang, Francesco Marullo, Agata Siemionow
70 West Burton Place, 2105
Chicago
United States of America
Jimmy Carter, Abigail Chang, Francesco Marullo, and Agata Siemionow are a group of architects and educators from Italy, Poland, USA, and Australia, currently based in Chicago and teaching at the UIC School of Architecture while making projects, books, and exhibitions together.