Architecture and Unavowable Community: Crafting Community, in 17. Mostra Internationale di Architettura, Approfondimento al Catalogo del Padiglione Italia “Communita Resilienti” alla Biennale Architettura 2021, Volume 2a,

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The term community proliferates the rhetoric of political groups from local activists to government agencies; it drives academic research and is a pre-occupation of architecture and urban design practice. Notions of well-being, self-sufficiency or community sustainability (from local to national scales) are developed to impact the economic and environmental models that direct the formal relationships between homes, work places and civic amenities: the hope is that community can be a redemptive principle that can once again operate as the healthy heart of the well-functioning city. Can such a model of community really impact the overarching models that drive city formations? Are such models of community merely romantic and impracticable? This essay operates from a position that doubts such a principle ever was or ever could be the basis of a well-functioning city. Alternatively, this short essay promotes the architecture of Unavowable Community. Rather than forming communities by grouping likenesses together in make-shift accords of local and national scale economic or cultural practices, this essay suggests the task is to find the architecture that delimits community-formations based on affirmative views of otherness, incompleteness and insufficiency. This essay proposes community as recurrent but temporary assemblages of dynamic processes: the essay suggests that social and institutional practices point towards procedures for “becoming” community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17. Mostra Internationale di Architettura, Approfondimento al Catalogo del Padiglione Italia “Communita Resilienti” alla Biennale Architettura 2021, Volume 2a,
EditorsAlessandro Melis, Benedetta Medas
Place of PublicationRoma, Italy
PublisherD Editore
Pages23-46
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-88-94830-68-2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Community
  • Unavowable Community
  • Resilient Community

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