A Landscape of Multiplicities: The Production of Subjectivity in Álvaro Siza’s Malagueira Neighbourhood

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Abstract

This article discusses the design decision-making and the post-occupancy processes of the Malagueira neighbourhood, a housing estate designed by Álvaro Siza in 1977 in the Portuguese city of Évora. In this article, I use an empirical approach supported by an ethnographic research to discuss the production of subjectivity in the Malagueira neighbourhood. In the first section of the article, I examine the extent to which ownership played an important role in the formation of the neighbourhood as a whole of singularities. Then I analyse three social-spatial conditions (patios, walls and streets) in which the design decision-making process of the Malagueira plan triggered a mediation between the ontological figures of the “one” and the “multiple”. In the following section, I
discuss the immanent tension between authority and subjectivity reviewing the project’s reception. In the conclusion, I explore Antonio Negri’s ontological definition of the “multitude” to highlight how the Malagueira neighbourhood illustrates the interdependence between design decisions and processes of subjectivation in the formation of a landscape of “multiplicities”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-247
JournalJournal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology
VolumeXLVI
Issue number274
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Housing
  • Alvaro Siza
  • Malagueira
  • Portugal

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