We are a construction search practice with four limbs:
aixopluc is the catalan word for shelter.
It is the ad hoc side of our practice,
focused in custom made inhabitable air,
dwelling -the verb- a particular territory,
thru low energy, crafted environments,
from design-and-build to plan-and-construct,
working in collaboration with local builders.
aixoplucs is where two extreme
production methods meet thru technique:
from DIY open systems,
shared thru very simple instructions -aka recipe books-
to making in collaboration with manufacturers and dwellers from all over
(DIT do it together),
improving their local abilities
(techniques, tools and materials),
producing no waste
during the habitats' whole lifecycle.
We then become makers,
taking care of the whole
design and build process,
from the first needs to the means of production.
Towards a symbiotic technique.
aixoplucs is about sharing lasting, reversible, migrating, biodegradable, self-built shelters.
These four organs question four themes:
dwelling, technique, resources and learning.
Although each is focused in one theme,
a kind of differentiated tissue,
they are all present in all.
How can we plan and construct your own habitat together?
We are moving from buying
to frugal, easeful and free living.
Architecture is man's act
of making inhabitable habitats,
by transforming an environment
in order to live in it in peace, health and joy.
It is not just about survival.
It is a journey about making this earth our home.
Architects are the members of society
who help others achieve this habitat.
Architects can help others build their own habitats, not their home;
our job is about planning and constructing what happens before home.
Every human being questions him or herself:
What is home?
Where is home?
When is home?
How is home?
Who is home?
Every architect questions how can this particular human being's habitat be?
Home is not a place but a feeling.
We are part of a collective intelligence.
We are moving towards techniques
that don't just adapt the earth
to our limitations and abilities,
but that are a communication mean
with the biosphere
in order to improve its diversity and complexity
-while helping us become more adaptable.
From parasites to symbiosis.
So the whole biotope can make it.
Architects are technicians.
We develop techniques
that are momentary efforts
in order to save your energy in the long term.
Our task is to forelive, foresee and forebuild.
It's not about re-, but pre-.
Because 'easy does it'.
Resources are limited and can be monopolised.
Commons are shared, fragile, they belong to all of us, so we must take care of them.
From market resources to shared sources.
At hand. Transport is a great human ability.
Of course we have to change fast into non-poluting transportation systems.
But most of the times the enormous potential of what's at hand is not taken into account.
We keep discovering new ways to use costless materials that are really close to you.
Matter and energy you would never imagine that could be used as materials.
We prefer internalizing to externalizing.
In the so-called developed countries, the idea of a growing economy
is synonim to condemning the next generations well-being.
We have to stop resources consumption.
Degrowing is an interesting body of thought.
But the sole idea of sustainable growth or degrowth makes no sense.
We strive for an ungrowing economy,
which is totally out of the growing boundaries,
with no consumption at all,
where the whole earth is not a resource but a commons.
No waste. All our proposals imply
ways of living and building
that maximize the use of free
and endless resources,
minimizing the consumption of energy deposits
and open-cycled materials.
There is no bad weather, only bad clothing or bad buildings.
We take the best of each local weather, building adaptive habitats,
so you can enjoy indoors and outdoors
-thru the wind, the rain and the snow.
The way we have altered life on earth so far
is and will provoke radical changes
in the ways we have to adapt to our environments.
Even if we stopped poluting the world right now,
the damage is irreversible.
We have to start radically changing ourselves, not the climate.
How and why do we learn?
Learning is a constant process, that comes from a reflective meaningful experience.
Constant questioning and doubt are key to this process.
We learn mainly on the move, with our whole body.
Learning is a journey. And there is no true journey without getting lost.
Without going and knowing that there's no coming back.
What do we learn?
We all know by now that architecture is not a noun but a verb.
It is an action that we all can learn.
When and where do we learn?
Architecture can't be taught. It is a mutual act of giving and receiving.