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Indefinite progression

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"The notion of indefinite progression goes moot, but without being replaced by another positive myth about innovation"


A central concern within the scope of neo-provincialism is the issue of post-growth scenarios. Drawing from research in Ecuador, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, I will give a short presentation on incompleteness and indeterminacy in the built landscape in order to introduce a parallel line of engagement for open discussion.
*Discussions I've followed on "learning from informal architecture" have tended toward a certain formalist, appropriative mindset from which I would like to maintain a distance. Instead of taking this approach, I'm asking: How can we read these objects in a different way? How can we understand these objects freely, allowing ourselves to use a multiplicity of vocabularies and points of reference? This is not a study of the "creativity of the poor" in order to improve Western design practice; by way of contrast, this research is a critique of the "learning from..." methodology, contextualizing it against its ambiguous and asymmetrical postcolonial histories.
Gustavo Torres, “From the Countryside Grown into the City to the Shanty Town” in Dominican Popular Architecture, ed. Victor Manuel Duran Nunez and Emilio Jose Brea Garcia (Santo Domingo: Popular, 2009): 277-278. (Will upload to aaaaarg, distribute on tumblr, and also read excerpts during the meeting.)


Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 16:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 more
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Urban–Activism–Scholarship: Global Discourses in Local, Historical and Contemporary Contexts
November 2nd and 3rd, 2012
TU Berlin
Main Building, room 1035
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin



maybe it is just me, but i cant find an external link which would lead to the file itself from arg. could you add that as well, to be able to read the text?



The reading has been uploaded to aaaaarg:
Start on page 278, from the sentence, "The following are two tracks that seem interesting to explore."
Read until the end of the text.
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could you upload the text and send around the link please?


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