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Transversal Territory

Transversal Territory

A Transdisciplinary and Participatory Approach in Urban Research

Edited by Antoine de Perrot
Edited by Mansoureh Aalaii


Publishing 13th May 2024
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    • Documents innovative architectural research at the Università della Svizzera Italiana’s renowned Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland
    • Introduces new, transdisciplinary and participatory approaches in architectural and urban design education and research
    • Demonstrates how performative bodywork and on-site artistic installations can transcend conventional paradigms of perception and understanding of urban space and create an augmented reality
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    Transversal Territory is a laboratory of urban, environmental, and artistic experimentation at the renowned Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. It undertakes transdisciplinary and participatory research on the relationship between us, our bodies, and our built and natural environments. Its unique approach is to explore experiences of — and reflections on — urban space through performative bodywork and on-site artistic installations. This process aims at transcending the conventional paradigms of perception and the understanding of urban space, and at creating a new imagination of it — an augmented reality.

    Transversal Territory’s innovative research is conducted in annual workshops, in which students and local residents collaborate, and subsequent public presentations of the results. This volume features 20 performances and installations realised in 2022 in Mendrisio’s Rime-Brech neighbourhood, a typical suburban area with its mix of industrial structures, social housing, shopping malls, fast food outlets, parking lots, wastelands, and highways. It is conceived as a map of Mendrisio that spreads across the pages to recontextualise the genius loci in book format.

    About the Author

    Antoine de Perrot (aka Onzgi) is an architect, visual artist, and urban researcher. He a lecturer at the Accademy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland, where he directs the Transversal Territory laboratory. Mansoureh Aalaii is a Zurich-based ophthalmologist, choreographer, and dancer, and a lecturer in the Transversal Territory laboratory at Accademy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. She also lectures at dance schools such as Tanzhaus Zürich and Micadanse in Paris.

    Park Books
    Publish date
    13th May 2024
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    280 mm x 210 mm
    144 Pages
    80 color
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