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De-Futurizing Our Present | The Public School for Architecture

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This event aims to start a conversation about how the images of the FUTURE, developed during the first decades of the twentieth century, have limited the possibilities of action within the city, and have affected the way cities have been shaped and understood.

The ‘futurization’ of the present by the spread of fictional images of unreachable realities has been a tool for manipulating our possibility to act and transform. The configuration of what we call future today is greatly determined by totalizing and excluding conditions effecting the breakdown of our relations with others. It is formed by a distant yearning and an unattainable reality that fills us with frustration at our inability to change it. We believe that as long as we de-futurize* our present, and overcome these fictional projections, our actions will work towards a better NOW, enhancing our capacity to engender change and meaning in our own realities. The future is human.

*de-futurize: the act of shorten the distance between our present and fictional futures.

teachers: FUTURE! (a collaborative agency run by Teresa Fajardo and Paula Mesa with the intention of reflecting on and producing alternative knowledge and practice about architecture, art and culture as places for political action and to question the established systems of domination that configure our present world.)