Ver­so una par­te­ci­pa­zio­ne con­flit­tua­le

To­wards Con­flic­tual Par­ti­ci­pa­tion

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Par­te­ci­pa­zio­ne: un vo­ca­bo­lo abu­sa­to, una pia­ga dell’era mo­der­na, un ro­man­ti­co e il­lu­so­rio pro­ces­so de­mo­cra­ti­co, uno stru­men­to po­pu­li­sta per ot­te­ne­re am­pi e fa­ci­li con­sen­si, il nuo­vo nar­co­ti­co con­tem­po­ra­neo. So­no af­fer­ma­zio­ni con­tro­cor­ren­te di Mar­kus Mies­sen, l’ar­chi­tet­to ber­li­ne­se che nel saggio Cros­sben­ching – To­ward Par­ti­ci­pa­tion as Cri­ti­cal Spa­tial Prac­ti­ce avan­za nuo­ve teo­rie sul pro­dur­re, map­pa­re e ma­ni­po­la­re spa­zi e sul sen­so, an­che po­li­ti­co, del­la di­sci­pli­na ar­chi­tet­to­ni­ca. Mies­sen si sca­glia con­tro la par­te­ci­pa­zio­ne ste­ri­le e acri­ti­ca, in cui chiun­que è in­vi­ta­to a pren­der par­te in mo­do va­go ed elu­si­vo a qual­sia­si co­sa, pro­po­nen­do in al­ter­na­ti­va una “par­te­ci­pa­zio­ne con­flit­tua­le”, un im­pe­gno proat­ti­vo do­ve il sin­go­lo si spen­de in pri­ma per­so­na per la cau­sa in og­get­to. Il li­bro ruo­ta in­tor­no al ter­mi­ne “cros­sben­ching”, pra­ti­ca pre­sa in pre­sti­to dal­la Ca­me­ra dei Lord in Gran Bre­ta­gna che ve­de fi­gu­re al di fuo­ri dei par­ti­ti po­li­ti­ci (cros­sben­chers) fa­re va­lu­ta­zio­ni sul­le que­stio­ni più va­rie. An­che in ar­chi­tet­tu­ra, se­con­do l’au­to­re, so­lo un os­ser­va­to­re ester­no con sguar­do di­sin­te­res­sa­to può im­ple­men­ta­re nuo­ve pra­ti­che spa­zia­li, por­tan­do­le a una sca­la ur­ba­na e geo­po­li­ti­ca. (AP) Par­ti­ci­pa­tion: an ove­ru­sed word, a pla­gue of the mo­dern age, a ro­man­tic and il­lu­so­ry de­mo­cra­tic pro­cess, a po­pu­li­st tool to achie­ve wi­de-ran­ging and ea­sy con­sen­sus, the new con­tem­po­ra­ry nar­co­tic. Con­ten­tious af­fir­ma­tions by Mar­kus Mies­sen, a Ber­lin ba­sed ar­chi­tect who in the trea­tis Cros­sben­ching – To­ward Par­ti­ci­pa­tion as Cri­ti­cal Spa­tial Prac­ti­ce ad­van­ces new theo­ries about the pro­duc­tion, map­ping and ma­ni­pu­la­tion of spaces and the, al­so po­li­ti­cal, pur­po­se of the ar­chi­tec­tu­ral di­sci­pli­ne. Mies­sen la­shes out again­st ste­ri­le and acri­ti­cal par­ti­ci­pa­tion, in whi­ch anyo­ne is in­vi­ted to ta­ke part in terms that are va­gue and do not lead to any­thing, pro­po­sing as an al­ter­na­ti­ve a “con­flic­tual par­ti­ci­pa­tion”, a pro-ac­ti­ve com­mit­ment whe­re the in­di­vi­dual de­di­ca­tes him­sel­ve to the cau­se at hand. The book re­vol­ves around the con­cept of “cros­sben­ching”, a prac­ti­ce bor­ro­wed from the Hou­se of Lords in the UK whe­re mem­bers who are free of any par­ty af­fi­lia­tion (cros­sben­chers) ma­ke their own jud­ge­men­ts about a wi­de ar­ray of is­sues. In ar­chi­tec­tu­re too, ac­cor­ding to the au­thor, on­ly an ex­ter­nal ob­ser­ver, wi­thout any self in­te­re­st can im­ple­ment new spa­tial prac­ti­ces, ap­ply­ing them on an ur­ban and geo­po­li­ti­cal sca­le

Cros­sben­ching – To­ward Par­ti­ci­pa­tion as Cri­ti­cal Spa­tial Prac­ti­ce

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