Technique

At Aixopluc we research and apply convivial and symbiotic techniques that can radically change the way we inhabit and contribute to a more free, fair and healthier building culture. Architecture design is a set of heterogeneous techniques that are an integral part of some construction endeavours. Designing and building are moments of the same process, sometimes carried out by different agents.

Technique is the corpus of actions and knowledge through which living systems, including animals and therefore mankind, transform the environment in order to increase their chances of survival, find meaning or simply find some amusement. The peculiarity of human technical skills is that they have created a culture and civilisation that is menaced by this amazing ability: current industrial technologies are not so much a threat to mankind as a species, but to collective and individual cultures based on equality and solidarity, as well as having direct and indirect devastating impact on other species we are related to.

Ortega y Gasset defined technique as man’s means to modify nature in order to do away with its needs, by erasing or decreasing chance and effort involved in satisfying them. A reaction against this nature that leads mankind to create a new nature -an ‘overnature’- between the former one and itself. Is it possible to do so without destroying Nature? Is it possible to build without destroying and killing? Which architecture techniques can do so?


Jean Prouvé’s works and ideas are a constant source of inspiration. In the PhD dissertation on the maison Prouvé that David worked on for several years, we became aware of the importance of critical, rigorous and honest research on the past. While dismantling all the misreadings, half truths, legends and clichés that surround the house that Jean Prouvé built for his wife on a steep slope on the outskirts of Nancy in 1954, we developed a more cautious view of architectural history and its heroes.

Whenever we reach a dead end, or we start a new project, we wonder how would Jean Prouvé do it today?

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