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Narrating the shared spaces

Apartment buildings in Tehran are the most common form of architecture that shape the city, whose spatial arrangement is predetermined by the regulations. One of the main sets these of principles are the ones conditioning their shared spaces (stairs, rooftops, voids, etc). Their role is controversial; their arrangement is crucial in determining the spatial relations within the building, while rarely accommodate any activities. Spaces owned by all inhabitants, but used by none. The focus question here is on how to discuss these spaces that are taken for granted, yet embody larger economic and sociopolitical agendas, and condition our everyday lives. What are ways to intervene in the standardized housing and living processes through these shared spaces, as they are meant to (re)produce those processes themselves. Here we investigated these spaces through making one-to-one scale interventions in an actual typical apartment building where the workshop partially takes place. We challenged the status quo through experimentally making seemingly subtle strategies that could possibly make a larger difference. We inhabited, took over, and domesticated these shared spaces through our interventions. Narrating the Shared Spaces is a program of public lectures and a workshop that continues the legacies of the project Framing the Common (2014–2016).

It was a collaboration between Platform 28 in Tehran, and WORKNOT! (Arvand Pourabbasi Golnar Abbasi) from Rotterdam.

This project was kindly supported by the Dutch Embassy in Tehran. January 2018


Filed under: Architecture, Collaborative Project, One-to-one scale Project, WORKNOT!, Workshop

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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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