Laercio Redondo Contribution to the e-publication 'Architectural Dissonances'

14 Dec 2021

The compositions, essays, videos and architectural projects in this collection explore strategies and technologies of investigating beyond the predominantly Western modernist architectural format and the main framework for today’s uncontested architectural sites, trying to obscure, contradict or amplify on the notions of modernity. Echoing processual music terminologies, the dissonant practices and structures transform energy, twist and interfere with the virtual and physical context around, in a macro form on the territory of the complexity drive to change the ideologies of the fixed urban form. Through the approach of decolonial thinking being and doing one question that emerges is how to fundamentally rethink and offer ways to reimagine society through spatial practice – beyond the utopian universalist constraints conceived within modern architecture. Recognizing the limits and slips of academic disciplines such as architecture, art history, museology and curating, and encouraging practices of unlearning, our energy is therefore to situate a critical conversation around decolonization in Europe but through challenging Western epistemologies in relation to architecture, living and working spaces, territories of care, urban and rural planning.