Atelier d'architecture autogérée / studio for self-managed architecture (aaa) is a collective platform which conducts explorations, actions and research concerning urban mutations and cultural, social and political emerging practices in the contemporary city. aaa has been created as an inter- and extra- disciplinary network which include a multiplicity of viewpoints : architects, artists, students, researchers, retired, politicians, unemployed, activists, inhabitants and all concerned users. Their projects are embedded in their local contexts, reactivate everyday practices and initiate trans local platforms for cultural production. They are based on long term processes which enable claiming of urban space from very diverse social and cultural positions and collective and democratic transformations.
aaa acts through ‘urban tactics’, encouraging the participation of inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces, over passing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which explore the potential of contemporary city ( in terms of population, mobility, temporarily).
It is by micro-political acting that they want to participate in making the city more ecological and more democratic, to make the space of proximity less dependent on top-down processes and more accessible to its users. The ‘self-managed architecture’ is an architecture of relationships, processes and agencies of persons, desires, skills and know-hows. Such an architecture does not correspond to a liberal practice but asks for new forms of association and collaboration, based on exchange and reciprocity and involving all those interested (individuals, organizations, institutions), whatever is their scale.
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