Diploma 5 2015-16 projects, clockwise from top left: Albane Duvillier, "We would Prefer not to", Acton Gardens, London; Diego Ariza, "The Kaleidoscope of Linguistic Celebration", Lagos, Nigeria; Lorenzo Perri, "Brewing Democracy: The Assembly of Le Balai Citoyen in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso", Maya Laitinen, "78° North: Political Pilgrimage to the Arctic", Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Every, but not Any

Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén Ga Grinda, Benjamin Reynolds

What happens when you can search for, and presumably find, anything? What happens when unique experience succumbs to a flat and endless ocean of information with no connection between the image and the meaning behind it? What happens when no one cares to remember the origins of ideas or works and the authors behind them? Where lies creativity if we remember having seen it all, but have no experience of having lived? What form does creativity have if everything is stored on machines and not in our memory anymore? How can we articulate an architectural project that prioritises every- but not any- thing?

This year Diploma 5 will set up and build new ways of generating, sharing and joining cultural materials to be compatible with the current scenario by employing this potential to explore 'everything' but inverting its present association with endless, source-less information. As in previous years, our work will start with the premise that architecture is a public construct which originates from and belongs to a community and its collective aims and ideals. This year the unit will continue investigating public space as a way to instigate meaningful symbolic associations and propose new forms of social utility and collective beauty, reacting critically to both the current overabundance of cultural materials and conventional notions of publicness. In exploring what could be a renewed notion of monumentality, engaged with collective aspirations and deprived of the nostalgic recall of the past, we hope to confront the prevailing aestheticisation of drawings and forms of representation and to propose architecturally engaged alternatives to the contemporary banal 'anything'. Our main goal will be to critically filter the architectural project through our possible access to 'everything' in its rawest and most direct manner, trying to articulate what the public sphere could be nowadays, namley, a space constantly redefined through the physical and direct interaction between individuals.


Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén Ga Grinda are both architects and the founders of the Madrid-based office amid. cero9. They have been visiting professors and lecturers throughout Europe, Asia and the US, including Harvard GSD, IKA Vienna and ESA Madrid and have won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions. Their projects and writings from the past 15 years are documented in Third Natures, a Micropedia (AA Publications, 2014) and recently in a monographic issue of El Croquis.

Benjamin Reynolds is a co-founder of Pa.LaC.E, a practice based between Zurich and London. He has been a design fellow at leading European institutions and a recipient of several international prizes. Pa.LaC.E's first major monograph is slated for publication in late 2016 with Cooperative Editions (New York).

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