APRDELESP (since 2012) is an architecture office based in Mexico City: a practice-as-research1 on space and its appropriation.
The typology of a traditional architecture practice takes form in private-facing infrastructure investments, like office space, privileged over public-facing infrastructure investments, like a website or a karaoke bar. This model is obsolete2. Isolation can be useful for a specific moment and under certain conditions, but an architecture practice must be able to open to the public, incorporating social participation into design process. Documenting and publishing information should be generated through an automatic mechanism that shares design progress in real time; every decision should be available for public scrutiny.
As an architecture practice, APRDELESP invests with equal commitment in the public and private, physical and digital infrastructures of the office. We take the development of these realms and the exploration of the intersections between them as both fundamental to the daily functioning of our office and as a mode of research into the forces of appropriation. We believe architecture firms are in a critical position to use their own office and other infrastructures as prototypic sites of spatial research and experimentation.
APRDELESP: Current Office Structure
|Private Infrastructure||Public Infrastructure|
|Physical Infrastructure||Mansion-studio (archive, laboratory, school, office, and residence):
🏰 El Castillo de Chapultepec
🏀 Utopian Infrastructure: The Campesino Basketball Court (pavilion)
|Digital Infrastructure||Organization, communication, and archive softwares||aprdelesp.com|
Our physical infrastructure consists of two parts: a private one that functions as an office, laboratory, school, archive, and house –an architectural typology in continuous development that we temporarily name mansion-studio– and a network of subspaces3 that we use as a public extension.
Our digital infrastructure consists of two parts: a series of software products for organization, communication and online archiving as well as aprdelesp.com, a public website that is synchronized with our photo channel, our video channel, and our organization, communication, and archiving programs to collect and publish the information in real time. We never edit this information specifically for marketing or exhibition purposes.
Active subspaces: an online radio station (Radio Amigos) and a Riso print shop (MACOLEN).
Inactive subspaces: a lobby-bar (La Pípí), an art gallery (Galería La Esperanza), an experimental park (Parque Experimental El Eco), a cafe (CAFÉ DES ARTISTES), a cafe (CAFÉ (ARCHIVO), an empalme stall (LOS EMPALMES), a cafe and furniture shop (MUEBLES SULLIVAN), two convenience stores (CBR), and a cafe (CAFÉ ZENA),.