The feature of openness that distinguish projects devoloped by the collective is a statement for an ethical position of equality. Although it is impossible to develop projects without a hierarchy, a collective practice promotes the sharing of knowledge and the participation of all those involved.
In the field, this position allows to increase the knowledge absorved from specialists of the various crafts and disciplines, sharing experiences with a range of people from carpenters to anthropologists.
In nowadays frenetic society it is necessary to be constantly updated. To follow the latest movements and concepts related to the collective fields of action, the search for fresh information and regular investigations are required.
Research creates the necessary structure to make the collective practice more organized and consistent. This is applied through a practical intervention that allows the concepts and methodologies to be tested, matured and be refined.
Construction workshops developed by the collective are always based on an open design. Knowledge is shared bilaterally, with an exchange of experiences and skills between tutors and participants.
These workshops are usually developed in partnership with Universities or other entities that wish to offer a practical experience to their participants.
In addition to the theoretical knowledge obtained, applicants actively participate in the construction and development of the project, finally attaining a much more rewarding outcome.
The organization of Warehouse as a collective instead of a typical architecture office demonstrates a collaboratively way of operating. The group believes that projects with co-creation achieve better results.
By opening the design to discussion, projects are more receptive to inputs given by colleagues, volunteers or members of the communities.
This collaborative process also translates into interdisciplinary cultural projects where artists from other areas and collaborators with different backgrounds and skills contribute to the final product.
Experimentation as a creative method is a key part both in the design and in the construction phases of the projects. In order to differ from ordinary conventions and solutions, this method encourage the achievement of innovative results.
The collective tries to differentiate itself in the cultural panorama through experimentation, an incessant search for new ways of operating, innovative constructive methods and different uses for common objects and materials.
The hands-on approach has always been transversal in collective’s, becoming a significant part of its identity.
In addition to the inherent competences of architecture knowledge, such as the creative process, mediation, technical aptitude and conceptual d¬¬¬esign, the collective encompasses the ability to build its own projects.
This competence is a surplus value in developing projects for a cultural scope. In the same entity, we’re able to combine creativity to conceive and ability to realize.
The role of the architect as a mediator, once evident in the coordination of specialities and the relationship with clients, is in our case transposed to the mediation between communities, local authorities and other social agents. This attitude denote a vision of architects’ role as more participative and active in today society.
Only through the mediation processes we can expect to achieve a truly participatory architecture, fostering the active role of communities in the decision process of projects.
Initiatives to activate urban space generally come from bottom-up approaches with the aim of revitalize neglected spaces in the city.
The collective uses tools and methodologies of participation to encourage the involvement of local communities and the numerous agents involved in the process. Participatory processes achieve more consistent and lasting results, which are difficult to get in superficial interventions.
The social consciousness of Warehouse relies on providing architectural services to a sector of society that is generally unable to obtain them. Through awareness of these practices and the search for financial support, it is intended to combat the idea of charity.
The participation of the communities in the interventions that are planned for them is the cornerstone for a successful project with social character.
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