Santiago Babylon

2017 | Research: XX Bienal de Arquitectura​, Chile | AriztiaLAB

Team: Jose Abásolo, Félix Reigada, Nicolás Verdejo, Gabriel Vergara, Sofia Zuñiga


Immigration: Space, Practices, and Representation

A reading from the triad by Henri Lefebvre

The street, emerging scenario of socio-space conflicts: immigration, sexual commerce, and state. The street, performative scenario of social, political, and spatial conflicts: immigration, prostitution, and coercion exercises from the State. Operations of formal and informal territorialization are described in the public space, in particular from the conflict between bodies and spatial control policies.

Occupations, Reappropiations, and Subversions: Spatial strategies of sexual commerce in the block. Transfers from practices of occupation of the public to the private: subversion, appropriations, and spatial strategies of the commercial sex trade in the apple from different commercial typologies: “cafés con piernas” saunas or former brothels, meeting rooms, and XXX cinemas: Nilo, Mayo, and Capri.

The immigrant as a catalyst of the productive and commercial organization of the architecture of the block. The reorganizations inside the block: the immigrant as an administrator and catalyst of the productive and commercial organization of the urban morphology of the center of Santiago. Activity circuits: Commercial Galleries (inside the block) and architectural typologies.