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Framing The Common

A collective project aimed to read the Modern project of housing, ‘the apartment’, through the point of view of its shared spaces; spaces that take on the important role of spatial distribution through regulations, while being used in ways not expected by those regulations (as storage, as gathering place, etc). In this project these spaces are studied in relation to a set of subject such as, precarity and nomadism, visibility, individualism, etc.

The Common here has a multifold position. It refers to the commonly–owned shared spaces of apartments; but also to their condition of sameness, repetition, standardization, while also to processes of commoning, and to what we already have in common as human-subjects.

The deliberate aim of this research is to shift the discussion of collective housing away from the private living units towards the sphere of the Commoning. Freed from the individual idiosyncracies, the living units is subjected to rules, regulations and enforcement beyond the control of any individual homeowners, becoming a strange in-between zone which is clearly no longer private, but is not fully public either.

This project presented in:

–  “-: No Fixed Abode” exhibition in Platform 28 in Tehran. (Jan. 2018)

– Framing the Common at 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (2016)

– Framing the Common project exhibition launch

PORT Commune, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (May 2016)

– Mosha مشاع, at Tehran Biennale of Architecture (2016)

–  Framing the Common in-process exhibition at CAMPO (Bogota) (Sep/Oct 2015)

Framing The Common – Tehran

Framing The Common- Kuala Lumpur

Framing The Common- Mumbai


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Collaboration with:

Mosha Group Tehran






Filed under: Architecture, Collaborative Project, WORKNOT!, Workshop

About the Author

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Arvand Pourabbasi is an artist, architect, educator, and maker. He is a co-founder of WORKNOT! Arvand is a co-editor and facilitator in Sarmad, a platform dedicated to politics of image. He is also a co-founder and co-curator of Neverland Cinema, a weekly neighbourhood screening program focused on situated cinematography. His work has been presented in Venice Biennale of Architecture, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Tehran Architecture Biennale, Showroom MAMA, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Architecture Banal, among more. Arvand holds a Masters degree in Interior Architecture (INSIDE) from Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst in Den Haag; and he has been a recipient of Talent Development grant from Stimuleringsfonds (2019-2020). Arvand is currently teaching at Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, and formerly tutored at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst, Den Haag.

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