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Monthly Review #8

Bringing the Kitchen Out of the House | by Anna Puigjaner | Overgrowth, e-flux | February, 11, 2019

Architect Anna Puigjaner pursue her research on kitchenless cities with a new case study on the consequences of kitchen externalization in Perù: on one hand, a long overdue social and political visibility for Peruvian women, on the other hand, the fragility of a transgressive infrastructure in the public sphere that prevent them from growing and evolving. It has already been forty years since the first urban kitchen opened in Lima. Urban kitchens are used by a community and act as complementary to private ones, which have ceased to be regularly used as a result of the propagation of this communal typology. Since the origin of the typology, these domestic, yet communal organizations have become spaces for the formation of political communities and agencies that go beyond the act of cooking and eating. They are radical systems that blur not only the established limits between private and public, between family structures and domestic roles, between labor and housekeeping, between female and male roles… but that also act as a place for neighborhood management.

The design school of the future is nothing like the one you went to | by Katharine Schwab | Fast Company | January 29, 2019

The Royal College of Art is expanding its curriculum to include more science and technology. GenerationRCA is an ambitious five-year campaign programme launched by the prestigious London College to represent the most significant development in its history since it was founded in 1837. The programme will propel the RCA’s radical new academic vision, advocating for transdisciplinarity and offering innovative Master’s programs such as Environmental Architecture.

Art and Anthropology for a Living World (lecture) | by Tim Ingold | École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (EnsAD) via Technique et culture | January 1st, 2019

While the ecological consciousnesses are awakening in a growing number of sectors, the cultural world, as for him, has far from started to green itself. Between transports, wastes and non-compliant buildings, focus on what has become an embarrassing lateness. Article in French.

A woman’s work, or, steps towards the yin revolution | by Foreign Legion | Domus | January 16, 2019

With the founding of the furniture manufacturer, the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau in 1898, Dresden became an important center of the international Arts and Crafts and Reform Movement for several decades in light of its innovative design and social renewal. The opening of the Deutsche Werkstätten to women as artistic collaborators at the beginning of the 20th century was virtually unknown until today. Against Invisibility – Women Designers at the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau 1898 to 1938, the current exhibition of the Dresden Museum of Decorative Arts, highlights 19 female designers who, despite their active design and teaching practice, numerous exhibitions, and successful participation in competitions, have been forgotten. Curators Vera Sacchetti and Matylda Krzykowski, founders of the curatorial platform Foreign Legion, took this occasion to organize a symposium (on January 18) which aimed to bring contemporary female practitioners in and around design, art and architecture to the fore, creating the conditions for their visibility to become a permanent condition. Domus published their essay A Woman’s Work, or, steps towards the yin revolution as part of the exhibition catalogue.

Destruction with care | Curt Gambetta | Interwowen: the fabric of things

Interior Removal Specialists (IRS), is a demolition contractor that specialises in the careful deconstruction of commercial high-rise interiors in Downtown LA. Against the ham-fisted logic of the wrecking ball, IRS proposes a method of artful disassembly. Its motto? “Destruction With Care”. Rather than pummel an office or building into a pile of dust and debris, it carefully preserves and segregates disused construction materials, furniture and building infrastructure. A building waste business that unveils not just marketable recyclables but the stories of the different objects rescued from obsolescence.