We may have come up with sustainability because we hadn’t been able to propose a
proper theory for the whole ecosystem
Elementi di ecologia urbana > V. Bettini
The project TO aims to think about what sustainability is; what do we need to sustain?
We believe that in a society based on
consumerism, sustainability can end up being just «greenwashing».
We support sustainability as long as it is thought in a wider sense, ecology.
These concepts are usually related to green, however, this prejudice shortens our perspective, that’s why we understand that sustainability is a tone inside the chromatic spectrum to which ecology refers.
The word ecology comes from the word «eco», from greek, «oikos» referring to the habitat; and the word «logic», from greek «logos» referring to science. Therefore, ecology includes with high complexity the study of habitat and its connections.
Eco → oikos → hábitat → habit
Habit is the individual action that has a direct impact on the environment.
We are embedded in projects of delegated intelligence, in which, finally we will be able to be as stupids as humans had proved to be; because the world and its leaders will be intelligent instead of us. A «smart» world for inevitably stupid inhabitants.
Nova il·lustració radical > Marina Garcés
The distance with oneself and the intersectionality between different points of view should bring a mental emancipation in the individual, allowing him or her to be self-critical and to break with behaviours and habits that we had gotten before.
Sustainable housing must question the inhabitant and promote a change of habits.
There is not a clear limit between the different atmospheres and residential units, they are surrounded by borders in the margin thicker or thinner. The main change that dérive sets out is the continuous decreasing of this borders till their complete disappearance.
Theory of the Derive > Guy Debord
Home can be understood as the combination of inhabited spaces.
We tend to relate strongly home to property, however, if we take some time to think how much time we spend at home, we’ll realize that most of our time we are living in other spaces; and all of those spaces define our home too.
The space between distances us at the same time that keeps us separated from each other, in other words, the space between relates ourselves and we become (inter)dependents. Finishing with this distance would mean deleting the distance that brings the diversity and ending up in dangerous proximity of unanimity: we are not free immediately.
Humans have not own nature, we are just social constructions.
The project TO promotes intersectionality as a way to generate perspective within the own acts in order to allow every person to reach self-criticism, or even, self-outrage. So then be able to re-think the habits that we had already learned; thanks to a mental emancipation process.
For achieving individual developing in a collective space it is needed some distance (as an arendtian concept).
TO team is leaded by horinzontality and seeks personal growing of each member.
There is a link between the physical shape of any space and the social organization that happens in it. This fact can be understood in the case of any public space, but also in the room distribution inside a house.
The social logic of space > Hillier & Hanson
The prototype shapes a specific way of thinking and living in the world. The process follows two emancipation, firstly an intellectual one, but also a physical one. This emancipation is embodied by the TO team. So the process is the project itself, but also a collective experience.
The architecture is sort of a tool for living critical ecological habits. A huge range of atmospheres lets the user live in a nomad way. A house that allows the user to customize the program depending on the need that he/she has. Therefore, the user also understands the environmental impact that the satisfaction of that need produces.