Agency Meetings of Collectives: Searching for a Sustainable Consumption of Space

By Marcelo Reis Maia.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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When we look at the city, we realize that we have a collective meeting. We notice a continuous movement in time and space where individuals, alone or in groups, merge into multiple, simultaneous events. From this premise, we consider the assemblage of these meetings as a chance to provide tools for urban design and an ephemeral, unpredictable, dynamic and flexible architecture.
For some time, we have discussed the architecture of events as a possibility of performance for designers, architects and artists. Thinking about the architecture of events is to consider time as a facilitator of the classic dimensions of the project: area, volume and weight. Time in the classical dimensions results in displacement, velocity and intensity. It also results in waste of resources, cost, value and consumption. It is projecting area, volume, weight, but also design displacement, speed and consumption.
This led us to observe and report a real case, looking for an agency of the urban environment at the moment/time when people get together in a collective meeting. This agency may tell us how we can organize daily life inside an urban system in order to optimize the displacement time and, consequently, reduce carbon emissions and overload in urban transport infrastructure. This work is based on a report of a series of spatial interventions and the introduction of new routines (small everyday life practices) in a community, pushing them to use the spaces’ potential time searching for a sustainable consumption of space.

Keywords: Sharing, Communities, Consumption, Spaces Potential Time, Sustainable Urban Environments, Daily Life, Routines, Space and Time, Agency

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.97-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.095MB).

Marcelo Reis Maia

Professor, Centro Universitário Metodista Izabela Hendrix - www.metodistademinas.edu.br, FAU-USP, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Brazil

Marcelo Maia has been an architect and urban planner since 1998. He became a specialist in Contemporary Architecture in 2001 at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, PUC-MG). He received his Master’s and PhD in Architecture and Urbanism at Faculdade de Arquitura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo (Architecture and Urbanism College of University of São Paulo, FAU-USP). He is currently a teacher with full-time devotion to Izabela Hendrix Methodist University, where he has taught and researched in architecture, urbanism, design and tangential areas. This activity has been focused in practice, design, language and representation modes of collective urban life/space and culture. He also operates in the cultural production of videos, digital photography and electronic art. He is a member of the research group Visual Design: Interfaces and Networks to the Cultural and Social Development (Becoming) at Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CNPq) and FAU-USP.