Critical roles of Architecture: The endemic of labour in the favela dwelling system: Towards a critique on its architectural autonomy.

Ana Chagas Cavalcanti

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    Abstract

    This article explores a concept of autonomous architecture that is endemic to post-neoliberal labour systems. Current housing production is directly influenced by the commodification process of living and by social practice tunes, which influence the space production. This directly implies city porosity, creative classes, knowledge economy, urban manufacturing, self-help and self-organization.
    In the context of autonomous architecture, the classification of the dwelling system can be divided into three main parts. Firstly, a shift from art to craft that reflects on the dwelling system and which can expand the discussion on architectural autonomy. Secondly, the idea that post-neoliberalism expels people from the system of production allowing for emergent economic cultures to thrive (ex. knowledge economy) whilst underlining the concept that architectural autonomy can be both utopian and dystopian. Thirdly, most of the new forms of exclusion of the labour system move towards the negotiability of economic values instead of establishing a fixed frame of values. Therefore, this article describes spontaneous settlements as critical spaces to the aforementioned instances about autonomy, architecture and labour. Its porosity, labour dynamics, negotiation of values and increasingly active role in the global projection creates a particular scenario within the built environment. Ethnographic studies in the Favela do Telégrafo in Brazil contextualize a critique on the discourse of labour, architecture and autonomy. Thus, through this article the aim is to discuss Brazilian favelas through a critical analysis on the construction of labour systems within these communities.
    Keywords: favela, planetary urbanization, labour, neoliberalism, informal architecture
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCritic|all II
    Subtitle of host publication II International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism
    Pages1-7
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2016
    EventCritic|all II: International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism - Madrid, Spain
    Duration: 20 Jun 201622 Jun 2016

    Conference

    ConferenceCritic|all II: International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism
    CountrySpain
    CityMadrid
    Period20/06/1622/06/16

    Keywords

    • favela
    • planetary urbanization
    • labour
    • neoliberalism
    • informal architecture

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