Territory and trans-gression


Pedro Daniel Pantaleone

What is at stake here is therefore the relevance in alternative thinking, belief systems, and ideologies in an age so marked by previous failures that cannot escape putting pre-fixes on already established conceptualizations of life.

In this essay, it will be explored how those more general and philosophical premises apply to the Russian context, what is the relevancy of this relation, and progressively extrapolate a set of alternative values arising from the collapse of a modern idea of space, as explained before, in the case of the territory of Yekaterinburg and the mining town of Degtjarsk.

The result of this paper, therefore, aims at laying the base again for a more generalized set of philosophical and theoretical directions. A lesson on who we are that we can learn from those places on earth that were consumed and abandoned, thrown away, laying on the side.

The process here consists in capturing the transversely overflowing product of a failed monothematic mentality and expanding the meaning of a collateral alternative. Once again, this way of doing is historically rooted in the condition of having to face a precedent, an already disastrous or collapsing condition, to act as the conceptual scavenger of philosophical, and consequently spatial, schemes.

This paper is therefore about directions, orientations, the object and purpose of our intellectual attention, and the projected quality of our doing. This is what makes this work focused on finding a methodology rather than a final result. Creating a set of values and approaches instead of stable definitions, in a design context, will allow us to support a shift towards a process-oriented design.


TU Delft / Faculty of Architecture