The Factory of Precarity
Generic Architecture, freelance labour and the art of dwelling
in Into the Great Wide Open, edited by Andreas Rumpfhuber and published by dpr-barcelona. fall 2017
Rent demands an architecture of emptiness. Finally liberated from the impediments of machinery, roofs, facades and developed as a pure infrastructure for connections and exchanges, architecture becomes generic, not just for its lack of qualities but because it puts to work the generic potential of the human species: language, dexterity, industry, creativity, affectivity, and openness. The formal evolution of the spaces of production - from offices to universities, from factories to housing, from retail to entertainment and fulfillment centers - confirms such entropic tendency towards an architecture conceived as a serene background that flaunts men’s physical and mental capacities which dissolves the specificity of the working space into extended stages for action.