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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Pol Esteve


“The text you are about to read addresses the architecture of dance culture. The architecture of dance culture is a polyhedral phenomenon that, by its nature, escapes a synthetic definition. The following text will not provide you with an analysis of a historical case in order to extract a conclusion. It is not going to interpose a specific lens through which to look back at it; but it will just add another layer of information to the existent facts. The architecture of dance culture has been constructed from the amplitude of sensual experience rather than from the concreteness of ideas; it can hardly be reduced to a verbal description and in consequence, it cannot be directly defined. Henceforth, multiple interconnected narratives will relate the material expressions of dance culture with the cultural context(s) in which it developed. The aim is not to define it but to expand its reality. It is not the intention of the text to conceal it in a closed historical episode, but to open the door again to the problems it carried. It was a phenomenon forged in popular culture, which could be said never existed in a pure form, but rather was manifested in numerous impure declensions. Its multiple expressions give an account of its magnitude; its importance, though, cannot be measured as far as “importance” as a concept implies a logocentric discourse of which dance culture architecture does not participate.”


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Initial Thesis Abstract: Albion, 1979

The end of the decade of 1970s in England was a turning point towards a new political, social, economic and cultural paradigm that would radically change the way the city was experienced and architecture was thought. The remaining ruins of a dismantled heavy industry become the place to experiment with new kinds of production based on social relations. The thesis will examine how these new conditions produce a new body liberated of manual labour and surrendered to total leisure consumption; a re-eroticized body that will be placed in the centre of the architectural experience redefining its materials, tempos and status.

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La Tourette Visit

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Pol Esteve

Pol Esteve is a practicing architect from Spain and holds a degree in architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

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