Common Spatialities: The Production of the Multitude


  • Lucía Jalón Oyarzun ETSAM School of Architecture



The Gezi Park barricades in Istanbul, the OWS occupation of Zucotti Park in New York City, the tents of the Indignados movement in Spain, the London Blackberry riots and the seizure of Tahrir Square in Cairo to demand the overthrow of a dictator. As new forms of social coexistence and relationships are being configured, and new spaces for encounter and conflict are produced, architecture feels that essential questions regarding its activity are being addressed in each and every one of these situations. And yet we seem unable to relate to them and grasp their significance as we repeatedly turn to old metaphors and tools. If modern architecture pursues the modern liberal state techniques of management and administration of life, then recent forms of political action, which claim a new relation to the sensible, demand – and might help develop – a new understanding of architecture. We are moving from technical and disciplinary knowledge towards a critical practice that integrates with the action of the multitude. Starting from a definition of commons as the production of the multitude, we seek not only to understand the spatial dimension of this production, but also to acknowledge space as common. 

Author Biography

Lucía Jalón Oyarzun, ETSAM School of Architecture

Lucia Jalón Oyarzun is an architect (2010) and MArchII (2011) at the ETSAM School of Architecture, Madrid. She coordinates the Landscape Specialty Line for the MArchII in Advanced Architectural Projects (MPAA) while teaching in the Landscape LAB and #crimescapes workshop. Since 2013 she has been editor-in-chief of displacements: an x’scape journal. Her research interests focus on the relation between the political, the body, and the spatial production of commons.