ARCHIVO TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone)
According to Hakim Bey, the theory of the Temporary Autonomous Zone deals with existing or emerging situations, not utopia, since it states that the temporary autonomous zones are not something that “will” or “should” happen but something which in fact it is happening.
Starting from the TAZ theory developed in the essay by Hakim Bey as a reference, we propose to create an archive of different initiatives which raise the recovery and temporary appropriation of unused spaces for activation and development of alternative proposals to formal structures.
The TAZ Archive is an observatory that collects experiences from self-organized spaces: Urban gardens, community centers or autonomous cultural spaces as a testing ground for a new urban self-management.
The intention is to create a directory of spaces that allows a synthetic reading information of each, so we can extract the relevant elements to understand and comprehend these initiatives through an initiatory perspective.
In this way, you can consider this as a guide that will allow you the implementation of projects based on experiences already made, or to be a platform that lets you connect with them.
This device is structured as a space where TAZ Archive is physically hosted, being a repository that lets you check the information that exists online through an analog medium. Yet the TAZ office intends to go beyond passing from one format to another.
The office is intended as a temporary autonomous space wherever it is located. For this, it raises an infrastructure related to the practices and contents of the references included in the archive.
This device enables the assemblies or citizen parliaments, enables workspaces to develop collaborative construction workshops, and it creates an open cultural infrastructure and establishes mechanisms to generate community gardens.
Ultimately, it allows creating a temporary experience which allows, on the one hand, being a tool of direct communication at street level, and secondly, being a catalyst that enables connections with local communities for their involvement and inclusion in the Archive TAZ.
The project is developed in the context of the 2015 call for residencies promoted by the cultural center Casino Luxembourg, for interventions in public space. TXP’s proposal is the development of the TAZ office for its installation in the city of Luxembourg. This intervention is located in a square that is at the intersection of Boulevard de la Pétrusse and Passerelle / Viaduc. This space will be open for a period of three months, from June 20 to September 6, 2015, raising the recovery and activation of this square.
The TAZ Archive is made up of a scaffolding structure, a circular 7 meter high tower with two upper floors. Its inner diameter is 6 meter long, and the e wooden floors are surrounded by a perimeter staircase which allows access to each of the plants. The perimeter is covered with newjersey barriers, Plastic road signs that are placed vertically. They generate permeable planes which operate qualifying it as a lattice space, and giving the facade that singular character.
This structure, of great constructive simplicity, generates several public spaces in height by multiplying the plaza area and articulating the different programs that are raised around the Archive. On the ground floor is the assembly area, a space equipped with mobile grandstands that allows multiple combinations. This is a multifunctional space that enables multiple activities: Assemblies, screenings, concerts, movie theater, etc.
On the first floor is located the archive space, a space for reading and querying the database file of TAZ projects. In this first phase there have been collected close to 50 projects, both in Europe and Latin America. www.archivetaz.org
On the second floor is the community garden, a co-managed space for citizens which connects with local initiatives of the city.
Based in Madrid, TXP began its career in 1999 as a project that brings together collective interests. This flexible structure is articulated by projects, and it has involved the participation and collaboration of actors with an number of varying profiles and a certain degree of multidisciplinarity.
The collective focuses its activity on collaborative practices and the democratization of the habitat, through micro-architectural or micro-urban devices directly developed with citizen initiatives. In turn, it is articulated in a network of groups and agents that cooperate and share knowledge, experiences and resources, (The collective architecture ́s network).
TXP ́s work has been internationally recognized with awards such as: 1st Prize, International Festival of Architecture 2010, EME3, Collective Architecture ́s Network, Barcelona-Spain. Finalist at the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Plan Cañada, 2014. Nominated for the Iakov Plan Chernikhov International Prize for Young Architects 2014, Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation, Moscow, Russia. 1st Prize, Sports, creativity and Social Inclusion, Idensitat and the Sports Council of Spain, 2011. National Arts Award Mariano Aguilera 2012, Quito Ecuador.
It has been selected in different international artist residency programs: Dart Forum contemporaine Casino Luxembourg, 2015. Headlands for the Art, 2014, San Francisco, United States. El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid 2013.
TXP also participates in numerous training programs in collaboration with various institutions: ACE, Acción Cultural al Exterior. AECID, Spanish International Cooperation Agency. Instituto Cervantes. Goethe Institut, Medialab, Centro Centro, Intermediae and Matadero Madrid among others.
As well as at various universities: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectrua de Madrid ETSAM, UEM Madrid European University, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture of Montevideo-Uruguay, CEDIM Moterrey-Mexico University, Florida International University- Maimi. The Arbol University, Bogota. ENAP, National School of Plastic Arts Mexico City. La Merced University, California, USA.