Stretching, Deformations and
Recesses of the “Public:” Three Installations by Spanish Architects


Published in PLOT #28, 2016

This article partially maps out some strategies that recent architectural projects have used to mediate with new political scenarios, partially articulated around ideas of the “public.” It focuses on three controversies, drawing connections between them—

1) it questions how the so-called Polyvagina, designed by C+ Arquitectos at the Fan Riots Festival, Murcia, attempts to map out the heterogeneity of the “public,” and the conceptual impossibility of its homogenization;

2) how the Cosmo Pavilion for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, NY, by Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation, tries to dismantle the ideological narratives that undergird the “public,”

3) and lastly, it reviews how the Organic Growth Pavilion in Governors’ Island, NY, by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects, deals with new forms of production and funding that interrogate notions of consensus built around the idea of the “public.”