Concrete Insurrection – Francois Roche

BIO: Francois Roche

New-Territories unfold their protocols through the re-staging of contemporary relationships: aesthetical, machinist, computational, organics, biological and even artificial. The group works simultaneously through the architectural practice R&Sie(n), the “new-territories” research Lab and the [eIf/bt/c] scenario studio.  François Roche leads independently architectural research labs such as the Advanced Studio at Colombia University-Gsapp in New York.

Abstract: Concrete Insurrection

I’ve heard about something that builds up only through multiple, heterogeneous and contradictory scenarios, something that rejects even the idea of a possible prediction about its form of growth or future typology.

Something shapeless grafted onto existing tissue, something that needs no vanishing point to justify itself but instead welcomes a quivering existence immersed in a real-time vibratory state, here and now.

Tangled, intertwined, it seems to be a city, or rather a fragment of a city.

Its inhabitants are immunized because they are both vectors and protectors of this complexity.

The multiplicity of its interwoven experiences and forms is matched by the apparent simplicity of its mechanisms.

The urban form no longer depends on the arbitrary decisions or control over its emergence exercised by a few, but rather the ensemble of its individual contingencies. It simultaneously subsumes premises, consequences and the ensemble of induced perturbations, in a ceaseless interaction. Its laws are consubstantial with the place itself, with no work of memory.