ADS10: Savage Architecture: Building Common Knowledge
Bryan A Espinoza Ortiz
WEAVING PRIMITIVE MODERNITY
Departing from an in-depth study of the indigenous textile fabrication process, the project identifies nine phases from animal wool shearing, to carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving, until the elaboration of the final product. To each of the phases corresponds a specific space; each form expresses a tension between functional concerns and symbolic figures. Similarly to the indigenous textile, the parts are then composed to form a whole, where the technical aspects of the fabrication process are intertwined with the symbolic aspects of the collective ritual. The architecture of monumental concrete volumes and their cosmological disposition indifferent to the colonial grid, produces an image and a spatial organisation that is suspended between the functional and the symbolic, the “primitive” and the “modern”: the architectural form incarnates a tension between these polarities opening towards alternative common values.
The School of Weaving is an engine for the emancipation of the native culture, a project that transcends the mere celebration of an ancient craft with the ambition to generate a radically plural cultural identity built from and through the indigenous perspective.
ADS10: Savage Architecture - Building Common Knowledge
Tutors: Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo, Francesca Romana Dell'Aglio & Davide Sacconi
Having explored the intersection between culture and architecture through his MA work, Bryan has a strong desire to further pursue and develop his knowledge and understanding between the two. This year he will be embarking on a research project, alongside a small team of like-minded individuals for empowering the Latin American community in London, specifically trying to strengthen, support and establish their visibility amongst London’s diverse population.
In addition to this research, Bryan is also keen on beginning to setup further investigation into the methods and traditions of indigenous cultures in Ecuador and how these can help to shape the way we can conceive of distinct ways of life and spaces by adopting alternative world-view lenses.
The Quest for a Primitive Modernity
“The Modern”, whether technological, a set of construction methodologies. In many occasions in South America a term that holds negative connotations, as a mechanism for controlling, exploiting and enforcing a particular Identity. Can the terms be flipped on its backside and become exploited for good?
So, what is A Primitive Modernity? Drawing from the primitive, that is to draw from the wealth of millinery ancestral knowledge of the past. Modernity; that is the physical embodiments of technological, and the latest architectural innovation. Can these two ideas of architecture be forged to birth a new idea of modernity; one that allows for an identity that has struggled for years to regain its traction in time?
Archetype Cast Models
However, rather than thinking of the individual forms as fixed and prescribed, the archetypes look to both physically expose these rituals, whilst at the same time embedding notions of ancestral Andean symbology, with enough flexibility for the potential of alternative programmes and even re-imaginations of activities to take place.
A New Symbolic Order
The Dawning Of A City Emblem
It is precisely this “timelessness” of primitive architecture that this project attempts to regain. An architecture that is capable of leaving behind a new cultural entity which in representing and identifying the local indigenous culture, can live on in the memories of the people for the upcoming generations, with enough room in the future to accommodate alternative uses and gatherings.
Vertical Loom Weaving Space
From Domestic To Collective Ritual
The Project envisions the possibilities of expanding this production to become part of a larger communal collective ritual, with the opportunity for knowledge exchange amidst a social environment and a specialised spatial designation for these events to unfold.