Archipelago, by French architect Léopold Lambert, proposes and archives podcasts recorded with transdisciplinary worldwide thinkers whose work is related to the built environment.
The idea of Archipelago emerged from the will to propose alternative to the current state of Academia (whether architectural or not).
The generalized absence of bridges between disciplines, the petit internal politics, the clear categorization of teachers and learners, as well as the ‘punctualization’ of learning formed the base of this will to propose something different. Disciplines should be blurred, young thinkers should have access to platforms of expression and learning should be a continuous activity throughout life.
Archipelago does not have the illusory ambition to replace the university, but more simply, to constitute a free place for learning and questioning the politics of the designed environment that surrounds us all. Its medium allows anyone to listen to it in all kind of situations: while commuting, cooking, resting, working, or in whatever else situation you might think appropriate – says Léopold Lambert.
Archipelago’s editorial line follows the one constructed year after year on The Funambulist. This line is based upon the predicate that design (clothing, objects, architecture and urbanism) organizes (politically) bodies in space. Such a predicate creates the need to wonder simultaneously what a body is and how design is produced.
These questions define the list of guests for the conversation it releases. An important amount of these guests are already part of the network composed by The Funambulist. Some of them took part (or are about to) in the series of curated texts collected in the book The Funambulist Papers: Volume 1 published by Punctum Books in 2013 (Volume 2 will be published later in 2014). However, the project also finds its essence in researching the work of other thinkers and creators to diversifies and enrich the discourse proposed on both The Funambulist and Archipelago.
An important component in the selection of these guests is their diversity, as well as their relation to the norm from where Archipelago operates. What that means is for the platform to maintain a high awareness of who it invites, in order to avoid the traditional pattern of domination of a type of academic actors (often embodied by white western heterosexual males). Such practice is the minimum to be done to reduce the violence of normative processes and the ostracisation they create.
Léopold Lambert is a French architect living in New York. Is the writer and editor of The Funambulist, as well as the author of Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence (dpr-barcelona, 2012) and The Funambulist Pamphlets: Volumes 1-14 (Punctum Books, 2013-2014).