Our turn now. To turn down the pencil, and shut down the screen. To smell the letters and lick the words. To print pleas and share revolts. The story of architects playing the alchemy of the words. We want to explore how architecture melts in the intersection with politics, technology, economy and social demur. We oppose to individualism, consumerism, and accumulation. We propose to change the limited metrics that architecture is based on—sqm, budgets, investments—and pose human relations in the centre of our debates. We propose complexities: to use poetry, empathy, enthusiasm as new metrics to understand the nature of our cities. We suspect charisma and do-goodism but support the ordinary. We propose to blatantly update our current architectural standards and transform them into stories. We want to do alchemy, to create new elements out of the opposites, to mix up poetry and economy, forgetfulness and mementos, building and subtraction. And build shelters, intangible architectures of nature-grids, time sequences and memories, myths and symbols anew.


dpr-barcelona is an architectural research practice based in Barcelona, dealing with three main lines: publishing, criticism and curating. Their work explore how architecture as discipline reacts in the intersection with politics, technology, economy and social issues. Their publications, both digital and printed, transcend the boundaries of conventional publications, approaching to those which are probably the titles of architecture in the future, exploring the limits between printed matters and new media, transforming traditional publishing practice [as we know it] into a live exchange of knowledge. Their [net]work is a real hub linking several publications and actors on architecture and theory.

Ethel Baraona Pohl. Critic, writer and curator. Critical observer of the real world.

César Reyes Nájera. PhD on Bio-climatic construction systems and materials.

Anne-Sophie de Vargas. Something like designer.


dpr-barcelona is member of the LINA the European architecture platform, is an ecosystem connecting prominent cultural players with emerging practitioners and thinkers in architecture.