Our friends from Socks Studio has published the project Mound of Vendôme [a proposal for radical reconstruction] by David Gissen [Quaderns contributor] and we also want to join the efforts to spread the idea of exploring a radical reconstruction of a heap of dirt built by the Commune de Paris in 1871 in front of the Vendôme Column. From Gissen’s web:
The term radical reconstruction draws from the idea of radical history — generally, the history of politically radical social movements. A radical reconstruction relates to this tradition but further suggests the reawakening of radical historical thought through acts of architectural or urban reconstruction.
The Mound of Vendôme project also positions radical reconstruction more specifically within traditions of 1970s land-art and mail-art. The contemporary collage image was made along with the petition, which explains the project more fully and its ambitions. The historical images that follow the collage image provide more contextual background on the situation of the Vendome Column, the mound, and the Paris Commune.
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Quaderns es la revista del Colegio de Arquitectos de Cataluña
Quaderns is the journal of the Association of Architects of Catalonia