A RENEWAL THROUGH THE ACT OF LETTING GO
Associate Professor KTF / theory
Dr. Alberto Altés is an architect and researcher. He studied architecture and urban planning in Valladolid, Barcelona and Delft, and critical theory at the Independent Studies Program in Barcelona (MACBA). He is finishing a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Architecture at TU Delft, where he is exploring the notions of fragility, affinity and care, and the power of choreography, dance and love, to inform a sensitive and responsible approach to ‘worlding’ practices and pedagogy. He has been a guest lecturer at Konstfack - The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm (Sweden) and at the Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies in Tromsø (Norway). From 2011 to 2017 he was assistant professor at Umeå School of Architecture, where he co-founded and co-directed the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention, exploring and making architecture as a relational practice that unfolds in the making of the world in/through ‘intraventions’; and from 2006 to 2011 he taught at the ETSAV School of Architecture in Sant Cugat (Barcelona).
In his PhD dissertation ‘Delaying the Image: Towards an Aesthetics of Encounter’, he approaches film as a form that thinks and as an apparatus of spatial critique, exploring ‘the encounter’ as a slow, caring and open form of practice, and rehearses various experimental research modalities, combining philosophical inquiry with practice-based research and critical/ creative writing.
He has taught courses in architeture theory, architectural design and construction, and architectural graphic expression and has a particular interest in non-normative and critical modes of pedagogy that aim to enable inclusive collective learning. He has coedited ‘Intravention, Durations, Effects: Notes of Expansive Sites and Relational Architectures’ (2013, Spurbuch Verlag) and ‘The Power of Experiment’ (2016, Arteria and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale). His latest publications are book chapters in ‘The Constituent Museum’ (2018, Valiz, Amsterdam), ‘Rethinking the Social in Architecture’ and ‘After Effects: Theories and
Methodologies in Architectural Research’, (2019, Actar, Barcelona). He is also co-founder and partner of LandLab Arkitektur AB, a transversal practice built
around forms of care and situatedness. /
A POSTHUMAN NOTION OF THE GARDEN & PHENOMENOLGY OF MOURNING
The sound of a highway is said to remind us of waves breaking ashore in the far distance, but like a viscous fog, a feeling of sadness, anger and guilt makes an eerie and unexpected appearance every time we turn on our engines…
Through an embodied spatial practice my diploma projects become transformed into a construction site that investigate the notion of climate grief as an emotional response to a planetary crisis that is currently haunting our lives. The projects seek out to set aside optimism and action in favor for containers and collective bodies of grief where process of mourning and the act of letting go can serve as an invitation to take a step back and generate room for a pause that can give us the ability to reflect and rethink our position in the world.
With sketches and backdrops the projects dwells on our current state and sets out to enter a dialog with the potential of becoming – a becoming that points towards alternative futures beyond regeneration that can cultivate a humble and nurturing human presence on earth, generate a human nonhuman awareness and engage in a stronger environmental empathy.