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Cécile Martin


My urban futures

Architecture is central to the human engagement with environments and the reproduction of power dynamics operating therein. In the context of decolonization and the Anthropocene, what architectural alternatives exist other than a fixed relation to the land based on property rights and the use of the wall as seclusion and exclusion, control and reduction of diversity and unpredictability leading to the impoverishment of life diversity within environments?

Within the context of foreseen cataclysmic instability of environments (economic, political, climatic) and the fragility of life within (including the human), what alternatives or hybrid models of environmental dynamics from which architecture emerges can be uncovered?

The wall can thus emerge at the crossing of various agencies, act as a border maintaining life's contradicting dynamics. The fusion of infrastructure, architecture and life enables the emergence of a mobile unit to empower the individual and challenge inherited social constructs and values.

This research unfolds within the context of 4 interdisciplinary field case-studies in Salvador / Bahia, in the territory of Palestine, in the context of the Moon-Village, and on the Atikamekw territory of Manawan.

Cecile Martin holds a Master in History and Theory of Architecture (MArch). She is an interdisciplinary artist. As curator of media arts and architecture, she directed Champ Libre (2002-2008). Since 2005 she teaches at the Design School at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her honors include the 2009 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Foundation Award, the Vila Sul/CALQ 2018 residency at Goethe Institute Bahia, the 2015-2016 HEXAGRAM International Network for Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture Student Internationalization Grant, to work with the Birzeit Faculty of Architecture in Palestine.

Cécile Martin est titulaire d'une Maitrise en histoire et théorie de l'architecture (MArch). Elle est une artiste interdisciplinaire. En tant que commissaire des arts médiatiques et d'architecture, elle a dirigé Champ Libre (2002-2008). Depuis 2005, elle enseigne à l'École de design de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Ses honneurs incluent le prix 2009 de la Fondation de l'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada, la résidence Vila Sul/CALQ 2018 au Goethe Institute Bahia, la Bourse aux étudiants pour l’internationalisation 2015-2016 d’HEXAGRAM réseau international pour la recherche-création en arts médiatiques, design, technologie et culture numérique, pour travailler avec la Faculté d’architecture de l’Université de Birzeit en Palestine.

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