The Ministry for Co-operation, Marseille
The Ministry for Co-operation is a project which explores the role of public political agency in the urban environment. Using architecture as a tool for political expression through territorial conquest the Ministry is envisaged as an urban battleground, where the forces of the Government and the Government are locked in a continuous fluid struggle for territorial supremacy, political power and historical legitimacy.
The Battlefield is the final speculative proposal, where Place Jules Guesde in central Marseille is transformed into an architectural battlefield. Spatial tactics and Political manouevres intertwine in complicity. The piece makes explicit the link between territorial dominance and ideological control, which is critically well understood but often neglected, and promotes an alternate model where architecture is removed of its stablizing social function, by being set into continual negotiated flux. Click here to see more images of this piece.