Volver a no Saber: Poetry, Architecture and the Beginnings of Open City

Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James. 2017. Volver a no Saber: Poetry, Architecture and the Beginnings of Open City. In: Jonathan Charley, ed. Routledge Companion to Architecture, Literature and the City. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781472482730 [Book Section]

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Functioning as both a metaphorical space and a living, working community, Open City began in 1970. Conceived as a radical pedagogical experiment, the city was founded by the Argentinian poet, Godofrodo Iommi, the Chilean architect, Alfredo Cruz, and other members of the Valparaíso School. Drawing from our site visit and study, we begin with specific architectural details to discuss Open City’s ethos, key principles and practices, interspersing
this with a story of its beginnings. Moving through the site, shifting modalities and vocal registers, we posit Open City as a community of teaching, research, making and, ultimately, a form of resistance.

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03 Oct 2017 12:13

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