” Nomadicity : The territory through many angles” is a virtual cartography. Found “pieces” that are shaping our territory are being posted, almost every day. Topics such as Urbanism, Architecture, Design, Art. From time to time also events and open calls from around the world are posted. Nomadicity is part of The Nomad Network.
Fig.04: Call for Submissions
This fourth issue of The Draftery’s journal Figures will be about the aestheticization of drawings. But, this Figure is not about Aesthetics. It is about the seeming negativity that aestheticization implies; about the role that beauty plays as a property typically assumed to be in opposition to use, function and verification.
Understanding what defines architectural drawing today lies somewhere within an unstable territory including both practical necessity and artistic expression. While there are significant drawings that seem easily defined as art objects, scientific documents, or evocative discursive statements, and more, When we ask about the aestheticization of drawing in architecture, our questions multiply as we inspect our answers.
The instability of the ground from which we are considering drawing in architecture for this issue, as well as our current inability to suggest which part of this hazy territory is more or less valuable for architects, has made it difficult to determine what kind of drawings would be most appropriate to request with this call for submissions. Perhaps, our contemporary inability to adequately judge drawings when it comes to issues of aesthetics indicates the importance of this subject. For Fig.04, we are calling for the submissions of original drawings both from new drafters and those already featured in the Archive. We are also accepting 300 word abstracts demonstrating strong opinions on the role of aesthetics in the drawing of architecture.
For full submission guidelines reference the Call for Submissions PDF on ourSUBMIT page

PoohTown is based in 1920’s Slough, England, and uses 'Winnie the Pooh' to reflect on the potential of today’s cities in prescribing policies of happiness alongside familiar amenities. This speculative proposal is a device to enable the potential of a happily-ever-after to be explored beyond the limitations of Slough’s industrial sprawl ambitions in the 1920s.

How can we look at the global world today?How can we imagine a project for the future in a realistic way?We know now: Reality is not “Reality”.Reality is an Incoherent and dense mix of realities.It is a swarm which we generically call that way.How can we use it to create? _ Giacomo Pala
Participation through Art, Design and Architecture.

Ivan Ilich Léonidov, Model of the Lenin Institute (1927)
"The time has come to get our hands in the dirt of all that has been left behind by neoliberalism — it’s not about architecture, urbanism, art, or geography: destroy our centuries — old disciplinary silos, merge them in the dynamic ecological totality of civic action, into our precarious daily lives. Only then we might be able to conceive the ‘something’ after the ‘pre’ — a socially relevant, critical spatial practice. How do we begin again?"
On Critical Spatial Practice, Miguel Robles-Duran, in Markus Miessen & Nikolaus Hirsch, What is Critical Spatial Practice?, 114 (via urbanlabglobalcities)
"Architecture and war are not incompatible. Architecture is war. War is architecture.I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms. I am one of millions who do not fit in, who have no home, no family, no doctrine, no firm place to call my own, no known beginning or end, no “sacred and primordial site.” I declare war on all icons and finalities, on all histories that would chain me with my own falseness, my own pitiful fears. I know only moments, and lifetimes that are as moments, and forms that appear with infinite strength, then “melt into air.” I am an architect, a constructor of worlds, a sensualist who worships the flesh, the melody, a silhouette against the darkening sky. I cannot know your name. Nor you can know mine. Tomorrow, we begin together the construction of a city."

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dpr-barcelona at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014
We’re thrilled to share some of the projects and events in which dpr-barcelona is involved at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy.
[01] Radical PedagogiesRadical Pedagogies: ACTION-REACTION-INTERACTION  explores a series of pedagogical experiments that played a crucial role in shaping architectural discourse and practice in the second half of the twentieth century. As a challenge to normative thinking, they questioned, redefined, and reshaped the postwar field of architecture. The notions of “Italian” architecture, design, pedagogy and radicality were complicated during those years by the constant circulation of people, books and concepts out of and into the country. The exhibition at Monditalia draws a new kind of cartographic network of the contested spaces of pedagogical transformation: spaces of ACTION (the radical questioning and reformulation of the discipline), REACTION (the pedagogical and political friction created by the urgency of these reformulations) and INTERACTION (the constant fluctuation of this information by the movement of ideas and people). 
RADICAL PEDAGOGIES is an ongoing multiyear collaborative research project by Beatriz Colomina with the PhD students at Princeton University School of Architecture.
For this project dpr-barcelona is developing the multiplatform publishing concept in collaboration with Anne-Sophie de Vargas as well as the Augmented Reality interactions for the exhibition.
/// More info and credits: radical-pedagogies.com
[02] dpr-barcelona books at theStirling’s book Pavilion in the Venice Biennale of Architecture

Some of our books will be featured at the Stirling’s book Pavilion, including our titles Weaponized Architecture. The Impossibility of Innocence by Léopold Lambert, Concrete Mushrooms by Elian Stefa and Gyler Mydyti and La Pesadilla de la Participación by Markus Miessen.
Thanks to Ana Dana Beroš!
[03] Failed Architecture Biennale. Salon #1 Reclaiming Modernity.The first FA Salon on June 6, an unsolicited get together on the occasion of the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale with speakers from around the world reflecting on the Biennale and on architecture after the death of Modernism.
Confirmed guests:Iwan Baan, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Bernard Khoury, Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič, Bart Lootsma, Tarik Oualoulou, Nanne de Ru, Azadeh Mashayekhi, Rory Hyde, Adina Hempel and Marco Sosa, Todd Reisz, John McLaughlin and Gary Boyd.
/// More info: Failed Architecture
[04] Towards a New Avant-Garde

Towards a New Avant-Garde”, is a three-part event series at the opening weekend of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Tracing parallels between distinct generations, the event series seeks to understand what lessons can still be learned from the Italian architectural impulses of the 60s and 70s, and how they can be best applied by the newest generation of architects in Italy and abroad.
Lead by Superscript, the event is a collaborative effort with author and scholar Catharine Rossi and researcher and scholar Rossella Ferorelli, and the design team includes architects DEVspace and interaction designer Thibault Brevet.
César Reyes will attend to the #stayradical conversation series on June, Sunday 8th from 11am.
/// More info: stayradical.net
[05] OfficeUS Working Summit Issues TalksOfficeUS 25 ISSUES TALKS, the inaugural working summit of the United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy. The conversations will take place during the opening days, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th at the US Pavilion in the Giardini and will launch the six month investigation of OfficeUS.
Big Box Rules & Network Patents. Exploring the typologies of trade, the logics that instigate them and the physical landscapes they enable. With Francisco Gonzalez, Ethel Baraona Pohl and Joseph Grima.
[06] Networked PoliticsPart of the Weekend Specials program for #monditalia on 6-7 September by Space Caviar, MAIO, Folder, and dpr-barcelona 
The Network Politics event is a rapid, intensive exploration of how cultures of decision-making, from formal political structures to informal collective protests, and their relation to architecture, have radically evolved in the age of the network. Given the setting of Monditalia, the NetPol weekend specifically examines the Italian context through an intensive forty-eight-hour master class.
The program will confront the changing nature of protest as both collective and individual activity—from movements such as Occupy, the Indignados and the Arab Spring to the digital activism of Wikileaks and Anonymous—in relationship to the physical space of the city. From the point of view of the mechanisms and apparatuses of control, the rise of new technological devices has diminished the importance of the physical limits that architecture could offer, and has consequently expanded the architectural conception of public space.
/// More info: weekend specials