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.

Techniques for conviviality

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 paradox 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?


Post-industrial construction

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.

The maison Prouvé is the first post-industrial house.

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

Arimunani School. With Aulets.

Arimunani School. With Aulets.

Kindergarten for Llubí. With Aulets.

Kindergarten for Llubí. With Aulets.

Kindergarten for Llubí. With Aulets.

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mas JEC

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Search questions

As a consequence of our search as architects, we also produce understanding and knowledge made of words -written and spoken. This search revolves around twelve constant themes, questions we don’t have a definitive answer to yet. This knowledge is not just a by-product of our activity, but rather an instrumental part that develops simultaneously and is imbricated in building. Search Questions is our sisyphean effort to organize and share this knowledge while it's blossoming, fragile and unstable. By doing so, a more specific understanding, and more refined questions emerge.

BOOK
1. Pequeñas Cabañas BIY

An exploration on children's innate drive and ability to build, and some huts that they can build together with grown-ups. Published by Editorial Gustavo Gili.

Speech
2. Endless beginnings

Graduation Ceremony. AAA. Aarhus, Denmark. September 2020.

Journal paper
3. OE House

ARQ 94. Universidad Católica de Chile. With Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau.

Paper
4. Open Process Ecosystems

Beyond Product Platforms for multi-storey habitats design and manufacturing. With Duncan Maxwell.

Article
5. Subrural

An incipient theory of the subrural, first published in Catalan in AT magazine, edited by Nuria Casais and Ferran Grau.