The 'argument' series includes the results of the annual conference program of the Department of Architectural Design of ETSAM. Each academic year, it proposes a research topic around which all public events of the cycle are developed. SAMPLING CONTEXTS opens this collection with a reflection on the way in which architects incorporate their references in the production process, defining their own context for their practice. The loan of the musical term “sampling” suggests an attitude of appropriation that is openly unprejudiced towards notions of originality and authorship; an effective procedure to tackle the inherent contradictions in the impossibility of novelty. We have been operating in fragments for some time now, but combining them is no longer enough. The construction of shared worlds is a prerequisite for actual production. The individual collection’s raison d’être has changed to that of a collective arsenal. Today, the accumulation of references equates to dreaming up a community.
MAIO, ARQUITECTURA-G, TALLER DE CASQUERÍA, GONZALO DEL VAL, PYO ARQUITECTOS, FAKE INDUSTRIES ARCHITECTURAL AGONISM, ARCHITECTEN DE VYLDER VINCK TAILLIEU, LUÍS ÚRCULO, GUILLERMO SANTOMÁ, BRUTHER, JESÚS VASSALLO, ENRIQUE WALKER & MICHAEL ROCK