Set up as a collaborative architectural research practice with a focus on urban peripheries, Material Politics develops, designs and builds material platforms for spatial change and urban prefiguration. Framing construction and architecture as a language for local politics and activism, the group engages with Social Movements, NGOs, communal organizations, and Local and National Agencies to transform everyday urban practices through material adaptations and interventions.
Developed for the informal settlement of Monte Sinaí in Guayaquil, Ecuador, this project can be used and adapted directly by the local community, empowering them to take charge of their own physical environment.
With the double purpose of testing the constructive practices proposed in the Manual for Nuevo Alberdi Social Housing and fulfilling the BBQing needs of a Material Politics member, we made a 1:1 mode of the Infrastructure Tower
As part of the collaboration between universities a joint book was produced featuring projects by political science students from Urban Provocations at the Universidad de la República in Rosario and MArch students from Contested Peripheries at the Manchester School of Architecture
Competition entry by the Material Politics team into the World Bamboo Competition 2014.
A manual showing how to use Material Politics' interactive SUyA model to help co-produce the incremental housing scheme for Monte Sinaí, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Material Politics produced a user friendly interactive SUyA model to help in the co-production of the incremental housing scheme for Monte Sinaí, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The Atucucho Cultural Factory prefigures modes of material production, procurement and distribution for a settlement in northern Quito, Ecuador.
The project sought to co-produce and build — together with social movement GIROS — alternative pedagogical spaces in the peripheries of Rosario, Argentina