Andrés Jaque

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Priests House in Plasencia. 2004
'IKEA Disobedients'. Architectural archive, installation and performance on non familiar domestic urbanisms. MoMA Collection. 2012.
House in Never Never Land. Cala Vadella, San José (Ibiza).

Andrés Jaque (born 1971 in Madrid) is an architect. His work explores the role architecture plays in the making of societies. He has been considered one of the most challenging contemporary European architects.[1] In 2003 he founded the Office for Political Innovation,[2] a trandisciplinary agency engaged with the making of an ordinary urbanism out of the association of heterogeneous architectural fragments.[3] In 2014 he won the Silver Lion to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas. In 2016 he was awarded with the 10th Frederick Kiesler Prize, the world most important prize celebrating trajectories developed in the intersection of art and architecture.[4]

Life and career[edit]

In 2004, he completed the construction of Casa Sacerdotal Diocesana de Plasencia. An interactive building designed to promote the public emergence of controversies among their users, mainly elder Catholic priests. What Jaque called a Parliamentary Architecture.[5] In 2005, he developed the 12 Actions to Make Peter Eisenman Transparent.[6] A project to make visible, and easy to understand for general public, the political implications of the construction of the singular building site Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela. A series of actions described by Bruno Latour as a «beautiful mixture of art, politics and building-site».[7]

TUPPER HOME, a system of tiny and colourful plastic dwellings, developed with the support of Tupperware, has been the smallest architectural project ever included as finalist for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award.[8]

In 2012 he was invited to intervene the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion, following previous invitations to artist and architects like Ai Weiwei and Kazuyo Sejima. His intervention ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’[9] made visible all the processes involved in the daily fabrication of the pavilion as an ordinary reality. Buckets, flags, chairs, old faded curtains, the salt that keeps the ponds pristine or the result of failed experiments carried out at the pavilion, were kept at the so far unnoticed basement. The intervention consisted on moving all those elements onto the upper floor. Works like ‘IKEA Disobedients’, or ‘PHANTOM, Mies as Rendered Society’ has presented a novel way of engaging architectural practices with research and for architecture as a discipline to gain political agency.

He is also the author of other works like: Teddy House (Vigo, 2003, 2005), Mousse City, (Stavanger, 2003), Peace Foam City (Ceuta, 2005), Skin Gardens (Barcelona, 2006), the Museo Postal de Bogotá (Bogotá, 2007), Rolling House for the Rolling Society (Barcelona, 2009), the House in Never Never Land (Ibiza, 2009), the ESCARAVOX, (Madrid, 2012), Hänsel and Gretel's Arenas (Madrid, 2013), Shading Devices and Gathering Space for Masdar in Abu Dhabi, Weizmann Square in Holon and Cosmo PS1 in New York.

His work 'IKEA Disobedients' (Madrid, New York 2012) was the first architectural performance to be included in the MoMA's collection.[10]

Andrés Jaque has been Tessenow Stipendiat and he is currently faculty member at Columbia University GSAPP and Visiting Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture.

Publications[edit]

Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation have made major contributions to conceptualize the implications of French ecology and post-foundational politics for contemporary architectural and urban practices. They are the authors of:

  • ‘Andrés Jaque. Everyday Politics’. EA! Ediciones. 2011.[11]

'PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society'. Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2013.[12]

  • ‘Eco-Ordinary. Codes for Quotidian Architectural Practices’. Lampreave Ediciones. 2010.[13]
  • ‘Dulces Arenas Cotidianas’. Lugadero. 2013.[14]

Jaque has made regular contributions to both specialized and general media. With significant papers for leading architectural magazines such as El Croquis,[15][16] Domus[17] and Beyond;[18] and regular works for broader audiences in media like Babelia, the cultural supplement of El País,[19][20][21] or La SER radio station where Jaque holds a regular participation on architectural and urban concerns. Since 2013 he publishes the periodic column "Cuarto de estar en la galaxia" in El País Semanal and collaborates with El País' cultural supplement, Babelia.


Office for Political Innovation[edit]

In 2003 together with a number of sociologist, economist and journalist he created the Office for Political Innovation, an urban lab focused on the development of a democratically centered architecture, considering objects as material actors of equalitarian societies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Democracy in Space. A10. Mayo 2008.
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ "Architecture as Rendered Socitety. Andrés Jaque in conversation with Ignacio González Galán" (Volume #33 Interiors. Rotterdam 2012)
  4. ^ "Andrés Jaque Awarded with the 10th Frederich Kiesler Prize"
  5. ^ Arquitectura Parlamento (Arquitectura COAM, Madrid 2007)
  6. ^ "12 acciones para transparentar la Cidade da Cultura de Galicia de Peter Eisenman”. Pp.26-29 Pasajes de arquitectura y crítica. n.66 Madrid. Marzo
  7. ^ 12 acciones para trasparentar la ciudad de la cultura de Peter Eisenman” Pp.124-137 UR Arquitectura. Buenos Aires, 2007
  8. ^ European union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award. Actar.Barcelona. 2009
  9. ^ Barahona, Ethel. "The Value of the Infraordinary" (Domus. Milano 2013)
  10. ^ IKEA Disobedients. At the MoMA Collection
  11. ^ ‘Andrés Jaque. Everyday Politics’. EA! Ediciones. 2011[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ 'PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society'. Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2013
  13. ^ ‘Eco-Ordinary. Codes for Quotidian Architectural Practices’. Lampreave Ediciones. 2010
  14. ^ ‘Dulces Arenas Cotidianas’. Lugadero. 2013 Archived January 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ “Collective Experiments. Video-visits and Tele-conversations in the Times of the Technical Codes” (El Croquis. El Escorial 2011).
  16. ^ “Collective Experiments. Interiors, Views and Mutiverses” (El Croquis. El Escorial 2012)
  17. ^ “15M. Yes we Camp. Urbanism as Controversy” (Domus. Milano 2011)
  18. ^ “Janet Rodriguez’s Parliament” (Beyond. Values and Symptoms. N.2. Rotterdam 2009) Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ “Ecoaldeas frente a la ciudad eléctrica” (Babelia. El País. 06.08.2011)
  20. ^ “El arquitecto no es un creador solitario” (Babelia. El País. 25.04.2009)
  21. ^ “¿Ciudad contemporánea? Consulte su locutorio” (Babelia. El País. 13.09.2008)

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