Fake Industries Architectural Agonisms / Aixopluc

Fake Industries Architectural Agonism is an entity of variable boundaries and questionable taste that provides architectural tools to mediate between citizens, institutions, the public sphere and disciplinary knowledge. Created by Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau from their headquarters in New York, Sydney and Barcelona, FKAA bridges the professional world and the environments of architectural academia to reclaim the architect’s role as a public intellectual—that is, someone who earnestly risks his or her credibility to question hegemonic beliefs. It has recently completed the Superphosphates! Masterplan in Cáceres and the OE House in Barcelona and is currently working on the Medellin Velodrome. FKAA has received the AIA New York New Practices Award, has been shortlisted for MoMA PS1 YAP, the Miami Design pavilion and the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition and has represented Australia in the Chicago Architectural Biennial and the Istambul Biennial with the Indo Pacific Atlas.

aixopluc is an architectural search practice founded by David Tapias. He graduated from the ETSAB in 1999, and completed his PhD dissertation on the maison Prouvé in 2013, in collaboration with the MNAM at the Centre Georges Pompidou. David has learnt and taught at the ear URV (Reus), ESARQ UIC (Barcelona) and The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Taliesin West); and lectured in numerous national and international architecture schools, institutions and congresses. His practice is organised in four complementary departments: ‘aixopluc’, ‘aixoplucs’, ‘the campboards’ and ‘little maps’, questionning how we dwell with the world, by crafting custom-made, site-specific post-industrial fabrication and low energy habitats.

Fake Industries Architectural Agonism and Aixopluc , OE House, South Elevation, 2016 Photo: José Hevia