Third Natures

AA (Architectural Association) Diploma 5 presents Re:Public, Third Natures 3rd edition.

By amid

AA (Architectural Association) Diploma 5 presents Re:Public; Third Natures, their brief for the 2011-2012 academic year for the Architectural Association. Dip 5, directed by amid.cero9 principals, Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda, this year will work proposes to work this year with a huge rage of contemporary concerns related with the public construction of collective spaces. Dip 5 works with assemblies of materials of different origin, focusing on a deep research about subcultures and trying to recover the carnality and pleasure as materials for the construction of space. During the last two years the students have been exploring within Unit 5 the possibility of reformulating what public space is nowadays by means of projecting Third Natures.

Third Natures.

Everything is pop (and therefore nothing can really be pop anymore). Today any kind of cultural material is inserted in an ever-changing network of meanings and symbols. As a result, any distinction between high culture and pop has been replaced by a vast network of interwoven links from multiple origins, which modulates the way in which each product is conceived, produced and received. It is in this space of interaction where Diploma 5 will again work, rethinking and producing buildings as third natures.

The term third nature was originally coined in the sixteenth century to refer to a new reality halfway between existing categories. The new gardens established new culturally constructed relationships with nature, technology and history to define spaces with a radically new materiality. For Diploma 5, the concept of third nature is synonymous with the redefinition of space as the phenomenon of intermediation between different materials with different origins. And so the entity formerly known as buildings can now be understood as an assembly of complex ecologies that acts as a linking mechanism between living beings, social groups and technological objects that work with cultural capital and identity.  Therefore, the questions about nature, technology or about social constructions, as culturally defined entities are, in the original sense, political subjects that should be considered fundamental to the project of a third nature.

Diploma 5, however, is not a dogmatic unit, but works collectively as a group to develop the individual interests and agendas of students, tutors, guests and critics within the unit. Each student will consciously select and assemble a range of materials and technologies – beginning with a post-subculture as both context and scenario – in a specific and complex assembly. The form and the methodology with which this assembly is analyzed, remixed, described and represented – in texts, books, hizines, drawings and images, videos and models – will be constantly subjected to a collective negotiation between the interests of the student and the unit. This process of gathering and assembling post-subcultural materials into third natures is for Diploma 5 to dream of the collective, to imaging the public realm in a subversive manner in the pursuit of extreme and radical forms of beauty.


Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda
Paseo Imperial 6, 1c. 28005 Madrid
info(at)cero9(dot)com / t-f +34913653527


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