Antagonismos implies a combat in which, more important than winning, is learning from the opponent. Since the other, in an antagonism, is not an enemy, but a friend whose I want to learn from his way of operating, thinking and doing. Like a boxing match, the aim is to study the opponent, learn from his technique, from his concentrated experience, from his advantages and shortcomings. Unlike a boxing match, after the fight, the opponents are friends, in fact, forget about the fight. He who considers architecture a combat, is wrong. Architecture is a discipline full of conflicts, dilemmas, impossibilities and frustrations. But at the same time, it abounds in friendships, content, possibilities, and conquests.
Antagonismos is the celebration of an inexhaustibly cheerful discipline, material and abstract, current and virtual, but always real. The content poured into these pages seeks to expand the record of the discipline in a loud and disorderly way. The theses presented here are not coherent all the time, most of them are not even formulated. Since Antagonismos is a creative force, consistent in terms of its overwhelming energy, unconcerned with the anti-intellectual forms that restrict, worried (in a good way) by the intellectual forms that enable.
Antagonismos is optimistic, anti-bureaucratic, cheerful, fun. It is not a matter here of building large estates with a ruffled eye, but speculative proposals presented with happy self-assurance. These proposals have four registers: (01) articles, (02) projects, (03) interviews, (04) conferences. Sometimes, the articles will take the form of essays, others will be synthetic reflections. Sometimes, the projects will be thoroughly documented, others will be speculative ideas in a state of abstract vibration. Sometimes, interviews will cover the forms of the most strict bureaucracy, others will be divergent conversations without specific themes or absolutely defined objectives. Sometimes, lectures will be magisterial, other happy provocations.
This is our first issue (bis), please be gentle.