be part of common learning processes. At the same time we believe that the observation of the current scenario is accompanied by the suggestion of strategies, answers, change projects, from change of mind to changes in methods of operation. We consider that a propositional speech is necessary at a time like the present. Cuarto is a new serial publication focused on the adjacent fields of architecture, understood as an open discipline that intervenes in a tangential and cross-cutting manner at many levels in the cultural scene and the way of life. The publication aims to be a means of gathering durable contents that respond to a contemporary architectural dialogue through thematic issues. Cuarto is not intended to be a current publication, nor restrict the language or tone of the publication to a technical level, given its inclusive spirit. It aims, however, to deepen as much as possible in the development of its speech, generating new fields of intellectual opportunity for its readers, understanding the unknown/unreadable as attractive, assuming the reader’s curiosity. Cuarto positions itself towards cultural production with an ultra-contemporary perspective, building inherent meta-languages in architecture and architectural publications. Cuarto wants to give voice to the different actors in the process of making architecture, avoiding authoritarian and experienced points of view, contemplating the beauty of emerging ideas/careers/works, understanding the process as the essence, and the lack of universal concepts as a releasing agent of architectural thinking. As a participatory publication, the mutability of contents and perspectives is taken into account along successive issues. We invite participants to collaborate on an open call for the development of emergent concepts, responses to contemporary challenges. We intend that the involvement of the various partners contains an open and experimental character, always under an organized scheme.
a generational project
One of the reasons that have led to the creation of Cuarto from the beginning is the current shared context of “our active generation”. Therefore, the selection of topics to be deepened becomes very important for the speech we want to express. We believe that the current situation needs “to be told” intrinsically to its definition, to build ideas with content (images, text, videos, drawings, illustrations, prints, collages, posts ...) based on the observation, perception, and accurate or objective experiences, but influenced by personal enrichment. The concept of mental landscape enables to combine the ideas and strategies of each individual in order to shed light on mental models that will
a relocated generation
One of the main features of this project is the relocation. We develop a network project, without any physical basis but always with the interest of participants to work from their own location to get the most out of multi-locator character, enabling to generate or facilitate connections between professionals also when developing this publication. We believe that the presentation of the text in several languages is essential, thus attempting to permeate purely architectural and local languages with those from other places, generating discussion areas and of indigenous differentiation.
One of the reasons that have led to the creation of Cuarto from the beginning is the current shared context of “our active generation”.
the unknown/unreadable as attractive, assuming the reader’s curiosity.
The concept of mental landscape enables to combine the ideas and strategies of each individual in order to shed light on mental models that will be part of common learning processes.
Series 1 : Disruption What is disruption?
The term disruption or disruptive is an English word used to name that which produces a sudden rupture or break. Usually, the term is used in a symbolic sense, referring to something that generates an important or decisive change. Generally, the concept of disruption is associated with the promotion of change, with innovation. It does not always imply disruption or disorder, but the replacement of the foregoing by new proposals that respond to questions not raised beforehand.
Why disruption? The global scene of the active generations has suffered the dramatic interruption of its development due to multiple national crises and has forced many of its members to reinvent their working identity. Migration patterns have changed drastically in the recent years, and this has caused a whirlwind of changes both in the professional field and in the current educational, cultural and social framework. The consequences are noticeable on a daily basis and they have led to the emergence of innovative projects that stand out from the former projects and that adapt to the new conditions of society. Such well-known initiatives as Creative Commons have managed to institute in the current scenario due to new licensing contracts, and have generated the opening of knowledge to a global level, without any physical limits, thanks to the network. At the same time, we now find ourselves within a changing landscape in the publishing sector, which is changing to a digital paradigm that opens a wide range of possibilities to communicate. This causes a detachment of the physical plane and the development of offshore projects; we want to take advantage of this context to perform a multi-localized initiative, without physical barriers and with a digital organizational basis. From this perspective, we think that the informational proposal must be disruptive, in its form, content or approach, with a strong enabling vocation.
How to generate disruption?
The concept of disruption talks about solving the problems by answering questions that had not been challenged. Asking ourselves those questions, analyzing the problem from alternative approaches may be a way to find substantive concepts of disruption.
Disruption: Series Structure Issue 1 // Identity The series starts with identity as the first big issue that we consider belongs to disruption, the changes that have taken place in our society and the questioning of individual versus collective identities. Within this broad topic, we believe in the interest of the link between divergent identities, the analysis and reinterpretation of regionalisms, the definition of new identity archetypes, and the identity “by doing”, among many other ways of approaching the concept.
Recurrences This Yes wants to claim the action with positivity, trying to position critically but with a purposeful intention. Brainstorming asks collaborators for quick ideas to guide readers to an understanding of disruption, or its complete misunderstanding. It is a “wall of ideas”, a think tank of architectural inspiration, a collage of proposals, with the motivation of the action-reflection binomial. Exquisite Corpse is seeking to remix architecture, perhaps as a proactive technique, as reinterpretation of the existing or as a methodology of the absurd. We propose to make photomontages, deconstruct, intersect, develop images or plans, reread them, change their axis, turn them around as lateral methodology of approach to proposals, as shown from embryos of projects based on haphazard. Contacts is proposed as a rereading of the same name section of the newspapers, trying to classify the interests of the participants, so that they can connect with other professionals who may read the magazine. Despite the information permeability gained with the Internet, we believe that in many cases, professional networks still have personal knowledge or friendship as a starting point. Therefore, preparing summarized contact information can facilitate the hybridization of professional lines.
As part of the recurrences between Cuarto’s consecutive issues, we propose the following: This Yes, Brainstorming, Exquisite Corpse, and Contacts, as means of interconnection between the different collaborators of the issue, who can ask and answer questions, ways of thinking, architecture remixes or correspondence between collaborators, among others.
Contributors Cuarto wants collaborators for all operational stages and at all different scales depending on the degree of connection you want to have with the project. We distinguish between occasional and permanent collaborators. These, can perform some of the tasks required for the preparation of the magazine besides making the link with other occasional collaborators. A permanent collaborator does not necessarily have to write in all the issues. However, this collaborator can arrange an interview to a third party, do some research or manage internal work of the publication such as obtaining permissions, executing public relations or disseminating the project . Among the multiple identities we propose, one can find the translator, illustrator, nethunter, producer, editor and PR, although it is always possible to cover tasks that are not necessarily within a particular area.
To participate as a collaborator, email us with some info about you to: email@example.com