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Recetas Urbanas: Affection as Subversive Architecture

19 Feb 2020 – 25 Apr 2020

Regular opening hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

Free admission

The Showroom

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Numerous buses from central London stop on the Edgware Road within a few minutes walk of the space, including the 6, 16, 98, 332 and 414.
  • The Showroom is a short walk from Edgware Road underground station, which is served by the Hammersmith and City, Circle and Bakerloo lines.
  • Edgware Road Tube for Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines

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Affection as Subversive Architecture is a project by the Spanish architecture collective Recetas Urbanas exploring how to create alternative architectural and educational spaces through participatory self-construction and active citizenry.


'There is something more profuse in the trajectory of Recetas Urbanas than their projects: the people who intervene in them. Strangers and acquaintances. People from the neighbourhood and beyond. Faces, voices, people. The conversations, the laughter, an occasional shout... All of the above, have perhaps as much or even more presence than the rumour of drills and saws. Impromptu questions, stopping all tasks to share an opinion or to take a decision, as well as explaining the aim of a job using an anecdote. There is a rare collective intimacy, a way of building community made into a process that is established in each project. One would think that in the exercise of such form of architecture there is a challenging spontaneity, but everything is part of an orchestration, which is as meditated as it is wildly free.'



By destabilising mainstream assumptions about public structures and their legislative frameworks, this project features new architectural strategies for schools, community centres and higher educational platforms that prioritise engaging with nature and building sustainable communities.

For the next two months, The Showroom will serve as a laboratory where members of Recetas Urbanas, architect Blanca Pujals and other collaborators will share their research, generate workshops, facilitate self-construction and foster dialogues with local collectives and agencies. Expanding upon the collective's current case study a forest school in Biggin Woods, Croydon, The Showroom will become a multi-purpose space combining the forms and functions of a living archive of previous projects, a social forum for topical issues, and a working studio for future construction, creating a dynamic co-learning platform. 

Affection as Subversive Architecture seeks to reconfigure our understanding of social spaces and facilitate new forms of self-governance, creating the possibility for citizens to participate in the constructing of the public sphere. Moreover, it aims to create a circular economy whereby the ethos of sustainable learning and collective building creates not just structures, but also self-empowered communities. This poetic gesture of radical collectivity aims to challenge our understanding of how places of learning are archetypically conceived, and suggest alternative forms of physically and conceptually building schools, education and knowledge.

Convened by Recetas Urbanas, Elvira Dyangani Ose and Raúl Muñoz de la Vega


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